Missouri Department of Conservation reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 187,967

Antlered Deer in the forest

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 187,967 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 13-23. Of the 187,967 deer harvested, 101,501 were antlered bucks, 16,435 were button bucks, and 70,031 were does.

WWII Marine Veteran Robert McGrath, 98, who took this buck on private land.
WWII Marine Veteran Robert McGrath, 98, took this buck on private land

The top harvest counties in the state were Franklin with 4,144 deer harvested, Texas with 4,050, and Howell with 3,244. Top harvest counties in the Green Hills area were Harrison with 2,159 deer harvested, Linn with 1,728, and Daviess with 1,717. For the other Green Hills counties, Sullivan had 1,548 deer harvested, Putnam 1,423, Livingston 1,275, Mercer 1,224, Grundy 1,208, and Caldwell 1,188.

Last year hunters checked 177,769 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season with 96,298 being antlered bucks, 16,128 being button bucks, and 65,343 being does.

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 on the MDC website.

MDC reported two firearms-related hunting incidents during the November portion of the firearms deer season with both being non-fatal and self-inflicted.

Missouri’s archery deer and turkey season resumes from 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.

Learn more about deer hunting in Missouri online by clicking this link.