(Jefferson City)–This is the first weekend of the firearm season in Missouri. And because of the discovery of a deer found to have Chronic Wasting Disease in Pulaski County, the Missouri Department of Conservation is encouraging local hunters to have their deer tested for the chronic wasting disease. For that purpose, the Conservation Department has established two sampling stations in Pulaski County today and tomorrow. The sampling stations will be at Richland High School and the Waynesville Fire Training Center, located on the north side of I-44 at mile marker 153 and the Highway 17 junction. Both stations will be open from 7:30 a-m to 8 p-m. Hunters may elect to bring the head and six inches of the neck from their deer with the antlers removed.
Hunters who wish to have deer sampled on days other than today and tomorrow can take the head and 6 inches of the neck from their deer with the antlers removed, to one of two freezer “head-drop” locations: LMC Convenience Store, (junction of Route 66 and Ichord Avenue) and the Outdoor Adventure Center, Building 2290, FLW….
Hunters may also present deer to Frankie Gordon at Classy Taxidermy for sampling. An appointment can be made by calling 573-433-0403.