“Hunters For Fair Chase”, a citizen-led campaign committee formed by Missouri hunters and landowners, supported by several national and state conservation organizations, wants Missouri voters to eliminate a key threat to the future of wild deer in Missouri. HFFC has filed an initiative petition that would put the matter to a statewide vote in November 2018.
The amendment seeks to promote healthy wild deer for future generations by reducing the risk of new outbreaks of Chronic Wasting Disease. The transportation of live big game is a known risk factor for spreading this dangerous illness. The confined cervid industry, which includes the sale of opportunities to shoot deer and elk held behind high fences, is heavily involved in trafficking live big game such as deer and elk.
The amendment does the following:
- Prohibit transporting live big game animals in Missouri, with a 1 year grandfather clause for exports and intrastate transport.
- Clarify that the Missouri Department of Conservation is the primary regulatory authority over confined big game species.