Hunters from all over the country are coming to Northeast Missouri Thursday for the start of deer firearm season. But the Missouri Department of Conservation is asking hunters to be on the lookout for diseased animals.
The Missouri Department of Conservation says there's been a severe outbreak in chronic wasting disease and blue tongue over the past couple of years, but officials aren't expecting a downturn in deer harvest numbers.
This week, hunting stores have been full of hunters looking to make sure their equipment was ready for the new season. Despite the deer health issues, one hunter's optimistic about this year's outlook.
"I think it's going to be a good season. I mean we've had some bluetongue and some other things west of us in some counties and a little bit here, but with the weather warming up and a lot of hunters out in the field this weekend, I think it's going to be a big harvest," said Butch's Sports World Owner Butch Herold.
Conservation officials say there is no evidence suggesting people who eat deer infected with blue tongue or chronic wasting will get the same diseases, but it's not recommended.
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