Hunters harvest 89,861 deer during opening weekend of firearms season

Jackson Boyer age 7 of Hillsboro with his first deer harvest in Adair County

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 89,861 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season on November 13 and 14. Of the 89,861 deer harvested, 54,415 were antlered bucks, 7,187 were button bucks, and 28,259 were does.

Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin with 1,968 deer harvested, Texas with 1,814, and Benton with 1,654.

Among 15 north Missouri counties, the number of deer killed as of Monday morning ranged from Harrison County at 1,089 down to Clinton County with 310.

The telecheck count is ongoing through the end of the firearms hunting season on Tuesday, November 23. Numbers from other counties, in the online data, shows Daviess at 873, Linn at 854, Adair 787, Carroll 779, Sullivan 761, and Chariton 746. Others from the area include Livingston at 657, Caldwell 647, Grundy 622, Putnam 599, Gentry 540, Mercer 523, and DeKalb at 364 deer.

Last year, hunters checked 80,744 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season.

For current, ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at this link.

For harvest summaries from past years, visit this link.

“Thankfully, the weather cooperated this weekend, and hunters were treated to some good conditions,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor, Jason Isabelle. “Given the rain and gusty winds across much of the state during an opening weekend last year, it isn’t surprising that we saw an increase in harvest this year.” 

The November portion of firearms deer season continues through Nov. 23. Missouri’s archery deer and turkey season resume Nov. 24 through 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 followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 25 through Jan. 4, 2022.

 

Jackson Boyer age 7 of Hillsboro with his first deer harvest in Adair County
Jackson Boyer age 7 of Hillsboro with his first deer harvest in Adair County