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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Not yet, Bates County...

You might have heard that the Missouri Department of Conservation recently added 12 counties to those already who are banned from feeding grain, mineral, salt or other products to deer.

For the record Bates County is NOT on the list. At least not yet.

According to the Wildlife Code of Missouri, the placement of products used to attract deer is prohibited year-round within counties of the CWD Management Zone. Exceptions are feed placed within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building, feed placed in such a manner to reasonably exclude access by deer, and feed and minerals present solely as a result of normal agricultural or forest management, or crop and wildlife food production practices.
The 12 new counties are: Barry, Benton, Cedar, Dade, Hickory, Ozark, Polk, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, and Taney.

The 12 new counties join these 29 existing counties of the Department’s CWD Management Zone: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis, Sullivan, Warren, and Washington.

Missouri DNR states the main reason for banning feeding of deer is to decrease the transmission of disease, which is related to concentrated gatherings.

-courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation