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The Missouri Department of Conservation is planning to allow Elk hunting starting in 2016.

The Columbia Missourian reports the plan is contingent on the Elk population growing to at least 200. The conservation department has been working on growing the Elk population since 2010. The Department been bringing elk into Missouri from Kentucky in an effort to reintroduce the population into the state.

A statewide effort to share extra venison taken by deer hunters is bringing in record donations.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the program, called Missouri's Share the Harvest, is on track to distribute 400,000 pounds of donated meat.

The program allows deer hunters to donate the venison when they take deer to food processors. The venison is distributed through regional and local food pantries.

Deer season a boost for business in Kirksville

Nov 27, 2012
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Northeast Missouri is popular this time of year for its deer hunting, but many local businesses worried the drought would have a negative effect on the deer population this year.

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Missouri's Department of Conservation says hunters took nearly 205,000 deer during November's 11-day firearms season. That's the highest number in four years and 7.7 percent higher than last year.

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Missouri turkey hunters report taking nearly 8,500 birds last month, a 20 percent increase from October 2011.

Hunters could help fight hunger

Oct 29, 2012
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Missouri hunters can fight hunger this hunting season. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri sponsor the Share the Harvest program, which helps fight hunger by allowing hunters to donate their deer meat to approved meat processors. The meat is then distributed to several food banks and local food pantries and given to those in need.

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The Missouri Conservation Commission has stopped issuing permits for new big-game hunting and breeding facilities that hold white-tailed or mule deer.

Officials say the goal is to help protect deer from fatal chronic wasting disease, a contagious illness that attacks the nervous system.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The status of the Missouri budget.
  • What the Columbia Police Department is doing to prepare for Spring Break burglaries.
  • A Missouri law that would push tougher penalties on hunters who accidentally kill someone.

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Missouri's Conservation Department says hunters killed nearly 239,000 deer during the 2011-12 firearms hunting season.