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2023 Missouri Deer Season CWD & Regulation Changes

Navigating the 2023 Missouri Deer Season: Understanding Chronic Wasting Disease and Regulation Changes

When it comes to the thrill of deer hunting, the anticipation of the upcoming season is something every hunter looks forward to. However, the 2023 deer hunting season in Missouri brings more than just excitement. It also brings significant changes in regulations due to the ongoing concern of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

At Lost Quarter Farms, we understand the importance of staying informed about these changes to ensure a successful and responsible hunting experience. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the 2023 deer hunting season, chronic wasting disease, and the recent regulation changes that hunters need to be aware of.

What Is Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)?

Chronic Wasting Disease, often referred to as CWD, is a serious concern for deer populations and hunters alike. This neurodegenerative disease affects deer and other cervids, causing severe health issues and ultimately leading to death. The disease is characterized by abnormal behaviors, emaciation, and a lack of coordination, making it a threat to the overall health of deer herds.

In 2010, CWD was first detected in Missouri, prompting the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to take immediate action. Since then, the situation has evolved, and CWD has been found in new areas of the state. This ongoing presence of CWD has led to increased efforts in monitoring and management.

MDC’s CWD Surveillance and Management Plan

To address the growing concern of CWD, the Missouri Department of Conservation developed a comprehensive CWD Surveillance and Management Plan. This plan has evolved over the years, with revisions made in 2015 and, most recently, in 2022. These revisions reflect the changing landscape of CWD in Missouri and the need for adaptive management strategies.

CWD has not remained static in Missouri. It has been detected in new areas of the state, and its distribution has expanded in some previously affected areas. This dynamic nature of CWD emphasizes the importance of continuous monitoring and proactive management.

Stabilizing Deer Populations

Deer numbers are on the rise in most counties outside the CWD Management Zone. To maintain these populations at desirable levels and prevent overpopulation, an additional antlerless harvest is required. These changes aim to strike a balance between maintaining healthy deer populations and minimizing the spread of CWD.

Why Regulation Changes Are Necessary

The changes to deer hunting regulations for the 2023-24 season are driven by the need to address the increasing deer populations, both within and outside the CWD Management Zone. Deer density plays a crucial role in the spread of CWD, making it essential to take measures to prevent further increases in deer numbers.

Introducing New Hunting Opportunities

For the 2023-24 deer season, several notable regulation changes have been implemented to address the CWD concern and provide hunters with more opportunities.

Firearms Early Antlerless Portion

One of the significant changes includes the introduction of a new firearms early antlerless portion. This addition allows hunters to start their season earlier and contributes to deer population management.

Firearms CWD Portion

In response to the CWD challenge, a new firearms CWD portion has been established. This portion is designed to focus efforts on managing deer populations in areas with a higher risk of CWD transmission.

Alterations to Firearms Antlerless Permit Numbers

To meet the management goals, the number of firearms antlerless permits has been adjusted in various counties. These changes aim to strike a balance between maintaining healthy deer populations and minimizing the spread of CWD.

What These Changes Mean for You

As you plan your hunting trip to Lost Quarter Farms for the 2023 deer hunting season, it’s essential to understand how these regulation changes may affect your experience. Rest assured that these changes are made with the goal of ensuring a sustainable and healthy deer population, which is vital for the long-term health of the ecosystem.

Here are some of the changes you might experience during your hunting trip at Lost Quarter Farms:

Increased Hunting Opportunities

  • The introduction of new hunting portions, such as the firearms early antlerless portion and firearms CWD portion, provides hunters with additional opportunities to pursue deer.
  • These changes mean that you can potentially extend your hunting season and have more chances to harvest deer.

Management of Deer Populations

  • The alterations to firearms antlerless permit numbers in various counties reflect a concerted effort to manage deer populations.
  • At Lost Quarter Farms, you may notice a more structured approach to deer hunting, with a focus on maintaining a balanced and healthy deer population.

Compliance with Regulations

  • It’s crucial for hunters visiting Lost Quarter Farms to familiarize themselves with the specific regulations for the area they plan to hunt in.
  • Our team at Lost Quarter Farms is well informed about the latest regulations and can provide guidance to ensure that your hunting trip is compliant with the law.

Hunting Responsibly

  • These changes underscore the importance of responsible hunting practices and adhering to regulations aimed at conserving deer herds.
  • Lost Quarter Farms is committed to responsible hunting and conservation, and we encourage hunters to uphold these principles during their trips.

Hunting Experience

  • While there are regulatory changes, Lost Quarter Farms remains dedicated to offering you an exceptional hunting experience.
  • Our experienced team will continue to provide guidance and support to make your hunting trip successful and enjoyable.

Conservation Efforts

  • By participating in hunting trips at Lost Quarter Farms, you contribute to conservation efforts and the management of deer populations.
  • Your involvement helps maintain the balance of wildlife ecosystems, ensuring a sustainable future for hunting.

Our Commitment to Your Experience

At Lost Quarter Farms, we are committed to providing you with the best possible hunting experience. Our team is well-versed in the latest regulations and will ensure that your hunt is both successful and responsible. We value the traditions of hunting and are dedicated to preserving the legacy of responsible deer hunting.

The 2023 deer hunting season brings significant changes in response to the ongoing concern of Chronic Wasting Disease. These changes are necessary to strike a balance between deer population management and the preservation of healthy deer herds.

As you prepare for your hunting adventure at Lost Quarter Farms, remember that your safety, the health of the deer population, and the conservation of this cherished tradition are our top priorities. Stay informed, stay safe, and make the most of your 2023 deer hunting season.

Book Your Hunting Trip!

If you’re ready to embark on an unforgettable hunting experience, contact Lost Quarter Farms today to book your stay. Our team is here to assist you in planning your trip and ensuring that your time with us is both enjoyable and successful. We offer hospitable accommodations for your group and guided hunting trips for deer, turkeys, ducks, and more.

Additional Resources

For more information about the 2023 deer hunting season and Chronic Wasting Disease, we recommend checking out the resources provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Staying informed is key to a successful hunting experience and the continued conservation of our natural resources.

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Missouri Hunting Seasons

Missouri during the fall hunting season

A Brief Overview of Missouri Hunting Seasons

Find out when your favorite hunting season begins!

Your favorite time of the year is here, so you must be looking for exact dates to fill your hunting permits! Well rest easy as we cover all the information you need to know about this year’s season including a few new regulations you might want to remember.
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5 Easy Ways to Make Deer Hunting Season a Success

Trophy White-tailed Buck Deer silhouetteHere at Lost Quarter Farms, we know a thing or two about Missouri deer hunts. We’ve been doing it since 1929! For over 90 years, we’ve been one of America’s most premier Missouri deer hunting lodges. During our time hunting the historic surroundings of Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Yellow Creek area, we learned how to guarantee your deer season is one for the books!
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Prepare For Turkey Season Like A Pro

Spring turkey season officially opens for hunters on April 17 but that doesn’t mean practice didn’t start early. Many hunters have been scouting and practicing their calls since the fall season and in a couple weeks, when Lost Quarter Farms opens their doors to greenhorns and pros alike, the difference will be noticeable. If you’re nervous about going turkey hunting in Missouri, don’t be. The professionals at Lost Quarter Farms have put together a guide to help you prepare like a pro. Continue reading

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Great Hunting And Relaxation Come Together At Lost Quarter Farms.

white-tail-deer-hunting-missouriIf you’re an avid hunter, chances are your passion for it can be traced to a tradition in your family. At Lost Quarter Farms, our experts know the feeling and offer some the Midwest’s finest deer hunting, waterfowl hunting and more. Moreover, you will find a sense of hospitality that takes every guest back to another place and time. Tradition plays a great role in everything Lost Quarter Farms does, and we leave no stone unturned in providing an excursion that is equal parts great hunting and relaxation.

Cross the bridge to Lost Quarter Farms, and you’ll enter another world entirely. Established in 1929 and bordered by the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge on one side and Yellow Creek on the other three, this wooded, secluded and beautiful area is rich with game of all kinds. You will enjoy a number of wonderful accommodations during your one, two or three-day stay including:

  • Electrically heated
  • Five bedrooms, all featuring a full or queen bed with the exception of one twin bed.
  • Two rooms have one full bed, one has two full beds, one has one full and one twin and one has one queen and one twin.
  • Two modern bathrooms
  • Large great room with fireplace and dining area
  • Complete bar with set-ups available
  • Screened-in porch
  • Home cooked meals
  • Blinds and decoys provided
  • Accommodations for 1 to 10 hunters

As a hunting enthusiast, you’ve no doubt been on many hunting trips, a fact Lost Quarter Farms keeps firmly in mind. Our goal is to create the ultimate hunting trip for you, your family and/or friends, one that is all-encompassing and leaves no stone unturned in regards to hospitality. There are certain hunting trips you’re more likely to remember than others, and this promises to be one.

Once you experience hunting in the Swan Lake region of Missouri, you’ll know what incredible deer and duck hunting are truly all about. And once the hunt is over and you return to your quarters, you’ll learn what true hospitality looks like as well. Space is limited, so be certain to make your reservations and include yourself among the lucky ones enjoying one of the Midwest’s most fertile hunting grounds. We are proud to be the most acclaimed and hospitable hunting lodges in the region.

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How to Gear Up for Whitetail Deer Hunting Season in Missouri

3 Tips for Deer Hunters for Whitetail Deer Hunting Season

1. Be prepared
Deer Whitetail HuntingThe temperature can change quickly during whitetail deer hunting season in Missouri. Because of these potentially drastic climate fluctuations, Lost Quarter Farms recommends layering your clothes. Coveralls, heavy coats, neck warmers, caps, and high-quality, weatherproof boots are an absolute necessity during the winter months. Continue reading