MDC experiences 89,861 deer harvested throughout firearms opening weekend
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri deer hunters harvested 89,861 deer throughout opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season, in line with preliminary knowledge from the Missouri Division of Conservation (MDC).
That is nearly 10,000 extra deer than final yr’s opening weekend the place hunters checked 80,744 deer.
Of the 89,861 deer harvested, 54,415 had been antlered bucks, 7,187 had been button bucks and 28,259 had been does.
High harvest counties for opening weekend had been Franklin with 1,968 deer harvested, Texas with 1,814 and Benton with 1,654.
“Fortunately, the climate cooperated this weekend and hunters had been handled to some good situations,” MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle stated in a press launch. “Given the rain and gusty winds throughout a lot of the state throughout opening weekend final yr, it isn’t stunning that we noticed a rise in harvest this yr.”
The November portion of firearms deer season continues by way of Nov. 23.
Missouri’s archery deer and turkey season resumes Nov. 24 by way of Jan. 15, 2022.
The late youth portion of firearms season runs Nov. 26-28. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 4-12 adopted by the choice strategies portion Dec. 25 by way of Jan. 4, 2022.
For present, ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county and kind of deer, or for harvest summaries from previous years, go to the MDC web site.