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In time for the opening of firearms fall deer season this weekend, Missouri Department of Conservation is offering free, voluntary Chronic wasting disease sampling and testing of deer harvested anywhere in Missouri throughout the season at MDC regional offices during regular business hours and through participating taxidermists and meat processors within the CWD Management Zone.

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Briggs Claunch, an 11 year-old from Warrensburg, poses with his trophy 13-point buck in rural Leeton on Nov. 2, the opening day of youth rifle season. Briggs shot the buck from a ground blind with his father Troy Claunch from 50 yards out with his Savage Axis 243 Winchester.

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Starting in 2020, the Missouri Department of Conservation will increase the minimum acreage requirement from five to 20 acres for resident landowners and members of their immediate households to receive free permits for deer and turkey hunting.

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Whether you’re using a traditional paper permit or the MO Hunting app, after harvesting a deer or turkey, you must notch your permit and Telecheck your game.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation and state leaders took actions to increase penalties for those caught poaching Missouri game animals and other native wildlife species.