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We are inching closer and closer to what many people consider their favorite time of the year.

Firearms deer season opens Nov. 10 and concludes Nov. 20.

For this firearms deer season some of our hunters are going to have a trip down memory lane. For the first two days of the firearms deer season which are Nov. 10 and Nov. 11, hunters have to check their deer at a check station. For many of our hunters they remember checking in their deer at a check station when they were kids.

Now I will be dating myself, but I never had to check in a deer at a check station. I have only known Telecheck. The check station in Madison County this year will be at the Barefoot Village Fireworks in Cherokee Pass.

The check station will be collecting mandatory samples for Chronic Wasting Disease testing. Madison County was recently added to the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone due to the CWD positive deer that was found in Perry County.

Outside of the first two days of the firearms season deer hunters need to follow the regular Telecheck procedures such as Telechecking their deer on the day taken by 10 p.m. If a hunter would like to submit a voluntary sample for CWD testing they may take their deer to Ozark Mountain Taxidermy just outside of Cherokee Pass. Please call ahead to see if staff are readily available to collect a sample.

Madison County hunters may also fill one Firearm Antlerless Deer Permit in addition to the Firearm Any Deer Permit this fall. Also Madison County will be open for the first time to the Firearm Antlerless Portion Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

For additional information on deer regulations please refer to the 2018 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Booklet. If anyone has questions or would like to report poaching they can contact me at my cell phone 573-934-0824.

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