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Explore the most pressing issues affecting the wild deer population in Missouri and other states.

Missouri Conservation Commission Hijacked?

In 2018 the MO Supreme Court ruled against the confined deer industry in its attempt to avoid regulation by the Conservation Commission. In an apparent attempt to circumvent that ruling and and to appease the industry for the defeat, Governor Parson recently appointed...

Wildlife Agencies weigh in on failing USDA CWD Program

A USDA comment period on proposed changes to its Chronic Wasting Disease program recently completed. Hundreds of comments were submitted (https://bit.ly/usdacomments) by citizens, hunters, state ag or wildlife agencies, the confined cervid industry, and conservation...

CWD Growing across North America

This animation demonstrates the growing scourge of CWD in North America from 2006-2017. It took almost 4 decades from the first known instance of CWD to the starting point of this animation. What do you think it will look like 10 years from now? Some areas (like...

Signature Gathering suspended

As announced in this executive summary: http://FairChaseMissouri.com/wp-content/uploads/2018status.pdf, the Board of Directors of Missouri Hunters for Fair Chase (MHFFC) has suspended efforts to place the Native Missouri Wildlife Conservation Amendment (NMWCA) on the...

Summary and Supporters

Supporters: The 2018 "Native Missouri Wildlife Conservation Amendment" "Hunters For Fair Chase", a citizen-led campaign committee formed by Missouri hunters and landowners, supported by several national and state conservation organizations, wants Missouri voters to...

Official Ballot Summary and Language

Constitutional Amendment to Article IV, Relating to Big Game Hunting, ​2018-189 Official ballot title certified by Secretary of State on May 5, 2017. Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to:   redefine hunting to exclude privately-owned big game (not fully...

Does “Mad Deer” disease pose a public health threat?

Mad Cow disease was discovered in 1986.  Experts said it couldn't affect humans, claiming an "interspecies barrier" blocks prion diseases from jumping one species to another. Nine years later people started dying.   Experts had to eat their words while hundreds of...

Chronic Wasting Disease Glossary of Terms

Glossary of CWD Terms CWD is a complicated topic.  If trying to become better informed, you will find understanding these terms will be a big help: TSE Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy , a group of incurable fatal diseases. Some are contagious. Almost always...

KC news story denouncing Missouri captive enclosure facilities

WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, highlights the pay-to-shoot industry that traps big game within high-fences where customers can kill for cash. Some are concerned about how disease-infected deer can escape their captive confines and infect the wild deer population....

Video – Dangers of Canned Hunting

https://vimeo.com/5680646 This video from the Indiana Wildlife Federation features older footage of captive hunting facilities, exposing the manner in which some captive deer breeding operations have allowed paying customers to shoot deer at close range. Warning: this...

Boone and Crockett Club Canned Shoot Position

This prestigious hunting club holds a clear and strong stance against canned shoots with a recommendation that all hunters and hunting clubs denounce the practice. SOURCE: Boone and Crockett Club