The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding area deer hunters to get their kills checked for a deadly disease.
Firearms season begins Saturday, and deer hunters in Cole and Moniteau counties must get their kills tested for chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease that affects cervids. Hunters in other mid-Missouri counties, including Boone, can have their kills voluntarily tested.
The testing is part of a program to stop the disease’s spread and preserve the state’s deer population.
Click here for more information on the state testing program.