Unpredictable Season Ahead For Missouri Deer Hunters

Wildlife biologists say the prospects for Missouri hunters this deer season are uncertain. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Wildlife biologists say the prospects for Missouri hunters this deer season are uncertain. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

So how will Missouri’s deer hunting be this fall? More than ever before, Missouri’s deer picture is fragmented.

Gone are the days when wildlife biologists could issue sweeping generalities when talking about hunting prospects. After a year in which more than 10,000 deer were lost to a severe outbreak of hemorrhagic disease, coupled with the long-term effects of liberal hunting regulations in parts of the state, the aftermath of two years of drought, and efforts to control the budding threat of Chronic Wasting Disease, deer populations vary greatly across the state. Wildlife biologists say Missouri still has a sizable population of deer and that hunting should be fair this fall. But they acknowledge that whitetail numbers are down.

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