Missouri Conservation Commission Approves Changes to CWD Surveillance, Management Efforts
The changes reinstate mandatory sampling, add four counties to the Management Zone
During its May 21 open meeting, the commission added Camden, Laclede, McDonald, and Pulaski counties to the CWD Management Zone. The four counties were added because CWD was found in or near them. With the additional counties, the CWD Management Zone consists of 34 counties.
MDC confirmed 44 new cases of CWD from more than 15,300 deer tested during the past year. Of the 44 new cases, one was found in Pulaski County, which had no previously known cases of CWD. Due to the detection of CWD in Pulaski County, MDC recommended that Pulaski County and adjacent Camden and Laclede counties be placed in the CWD Management Zone. Due to the CWD-positive deer in northern Benton County in Arkansas within 10 miles of McDonald County in Missouri, MDC recommended that McDonald County be added to the CWD Management Zone.
The commission also gave its approval to reinstate mandatory CWD sampling for the coming deer season. Counties designated for mandatory CWD sampling must be approved by the commission each year. As a result of COVID-19, MDC waived the mandatory sampling requirement for last year’s opening weekend.
Hunters who harvest deer in any counties of the CWD Management Zone during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season (Nov. 13–14) are required to take their harvested deer (or the head) on the day of harvest to one of MDC’s mandatory CWD sampling stations throughout the zone.
Hunters must follow carcass-movement restrictions when traveling to a mandatory CWD sampling station. Hunters must present their deer (or the head) to a mandatory CWD sampling station within the county of harvest, with a few exceptions. Deer that will be delivered to a permitted meat processor or taxidermist within 48 hours, or deer heads that will be left at an MDC mandatory CWD sampling station for disposal after sampling, may be transported to a sampling station in any county.
CWD regulations prohibit the placement of feed or minerals for deer in counties in the CWD Management Zone. For the four counties newly added to the CWD Management Zone, the deer feeding ban became effective July 1. Additionally, deer transportation regulations effective within all CWD Management Zone counties limit the transportation of some deer parts outside of the county of harvest.
Also related to CWD management, MDC has removed the antler-point restriction (APR) for the upcoming deer season in Camden and Pulaski counties. Younger bucks, which are protected under the APR, are more likely to disperse and potentially spread CWD. Therefore, removing the APR within the CWD Management Zone minimizes the risk of disease spread to other areas.
Also beginning this fall, hunters may fill two Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits in Camden, Laclede, and Pulaski counties.
Additional information on these and other regulations will be included in MDC’s 2021 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZVo.
CWD is a deadly disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family. The purpose of MDC’s CWD sampling and testing efforts is to find cases as early as possible so the department can limit the spread of the disease by implementing management actions. The total number of known CWD cases in the state is 206. MDC has tested more than 152,300 deer since the first cases of CWD were found in free-ranging deer in Missouri in 2012. For more information on CWD and MDC efforts to limit the spread of the disease, visit mdc.mo.gov/cwd.
Discover Nature at the Missouri State Fair
Discover nature with MDC at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 12–22. Visit the Conservation Building on the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to see live fish and other native animals, including snakes, turtles, and amphibians. Enjoy educational displays about native plants that help butterflies and other important pollinators. Ask MDC staff conservation-related questions, get educational materials, and have fun.
Aug. 13 is Missouri Department of Conservation Day — a full day of fun and excitement sponsored by MDC. For a complete list of events happening on Aug. 13, check out mostatefair.com/schedules/friday-aug-13.
Explore Outdoors with Agents of Discovery App
Looking for a new way to explore and learn about Missouri’s outdoors? Check out Agents of Discovery, a free mobile gaming app. MDC is partnering with the app to help the public explore natural areas around the state. Complete nature-based “missions” at home, while visiting an MDC nature or visitor center, or while attending MDC events, such as Eagle Days or the Missouri State Fair.
Look for MDC’s first missions at Runge, Cape Girardeau, Burr Oak Woods, and Powder Valley conservation nature centers. The first event-based mission will be at the Conservation Building during the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 12–22. New missions will launch every three months.
Agents of Discovery is available for download through the App Store for Apple products or Google Play for Android devices. For more information on Agents of Discovery, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/ZHR.
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Conservation areas provide opportunities to enjoy the last remaining days of summer and get out in nature — all while staying close to home. Many conservation areas allow camping if you’re looking for a quick get-away. Missouri is a great place to fish, and conservation areas are a great place to start. Be sure to have the proper permits and you’re set to try and catch the latest state record fish! Two small-game seasons are still in full swing — squirrel and bullfrog/green frog seasons. Both seasons are excellent ways to introduce hunting and angling to youth. For information on both seasons, visit mdc.mo.gov/seasons. To find a conservation area near you, visit mdc.mo.gov/atlas. Get out and enjoy August!
Ruby-throated hummingbirds peak this month as northern hummers begin to migrate through. These tiny birds with long needlelike bills are a delight to watch, whether feeding from flowers in your garden or from a nectar feeder. They hover, flying forward and backward with a humming sound. Males are easy to spot with their namesake red throat, which isn’t as prominent in immature hummers like the one pictured here.
Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than a cool, icy treat. This recipe delivers the coolness you crave during the dog days of summer with the sweet, juicy kick of Missouri’s own blackberries. This Italian ice cream will have you screaming for more!
Courtesy of Cooking Wild in Missouri by Bernadette Dryden
- 1 pound blackberries (about 2 cups)
- ¾ to 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup heavy cream or plain yogurt (I use low-fat, but whole milk works also)
Mix blackberries and sugar in food processor until thoroughly blended. Then add water and blend well again. Taste for sweetness. Press mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a metal bowl, leaving solids in strainer. Set aside.
If using cream, whip it in another bowl until it thickens slightly (to the consistency of buttermilk). Whisk cream or yogurt gently into the fruit mixture, combining thoroughly. Taste — the fruit flavor should shine through. Add more sugar if you find it not sweet enough (however, it’s best to add sugar while mixture is still in the food processor and can be spun around again). If you like it now, you’ll love it after it’s frozen. Cover bowl and chill for at least 1 hour. I often leave it overnight in the refrigerator.
Pour into container of your ice-cream maker and freeze, following the manufacturer’s instructions. This makes about 3 cups of gorgeously purple-red gelato. Dip it up into your prettiest dessert dishes and top with pieces of fruit.
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Angie Daly Morfeld