Firearms deer season opening weekend harvest totals exceed 96,000

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 96,131 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 12 and 13.

Of the 96,131 deer harvested, 55,753 were antlered bucks, 8,873 were button bucks, and 31,505 were does.

Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin with 2,041 deer checked, Howell with 1,950 and Texas with 1,939.

The November portion of fall firearms deer seasons continues through Nov. 22. Archery deer season opens again Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, 2016. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 25-27. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 2-4. Lastly, the alternative methods portion will run Dec. 24- Jan. 3, 2017.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer visit the MDC website.  For harvest summaries from past years, visit this page on the Missouri Department of Conservation website.