JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Three counties in Northeast Missouri will be among 25 in the state where mandatory deer testing will occur during the first two days of the fall firearms hunting season.
The Missouri Department of Conservation said Tuesday that it will test for chronic wasting disease Nov. 11 and 12 in counties where the disease was found and in nearby counties.
Knox, Adair and Macon counties will be among those where successful hunters will be required to visit sampling sites on the opening weekend of deer season.
The CWD Management Zone is designed to track the spread of chronic wasting disease, which usually results in rapid weight loss and death among deer that contract it.
Joe Jerek, a spokesman for the Department of Conservation, said the disease was first detected in a captive deer herd in Macon County in 2010. Since that discovery, there have been 23 confirmed cases among wild deer in Macon County, including two last year.
Neighboring Adair County has had 10 confirmed cases since 2014, including one last year.
"There have been no confirmed cases in Knox County, but whenever we find a case, we do testing out to a 25-mile radius, and Knox borders both Macon and Adair counties," Jerek said.
A list of sampling stations is online at mdc.mo.gov/cwd and will be listed in the 2017 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations booklet.