Deer hunters harvest more that 266,000 deer to date

Antlered Deer in the forest

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,543 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season Friday through Sunday. According to figures from the department, that’s four thousand more than the same period last year.

Top harvest counties from the weekend were Callaway with 396 deer harvested, Pike with 303, and Osage with 301. From the local north-central Missouri area, the MDC website reports antlerless deer taken this past weekend included Harrison and Linn counties at 133 and 130, Davies County with 114 and Grundy County’s weekend total was 86.

Deer hunting with bow and arrow began September 15th. Since then, with all methods to date included, the deer of harvested in Missouri stands at 266,678. The entire deer season for 2018 saw more than 290,000 deer harvested statewide.

To date, the current deer season totals in the Green Hills range from 2,687 in Harrison County, down to 1,365 in Caldwell County. Grundy County hunters have harvested 1,622 deer, Linn 2,465, Putnam 2,294, Sullivan 2,351, Daviess 2,143, Carroll 2,049, Mercer 1,823 and Livingston County 1,747.

Archery season continues through January 15th, 2020 with the alternative methods portion running December 28th through January 7th.