November firearms deer season ends with total harvest of 178,936

Antlered Deer in the forest

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 16- 26. Of the 178,936 deer harvested, 91,420 were antlered bucks, 17,237 were button bucks, and 70,279 were does.

Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,008 deer checked, Texas with 3,734, and Callaway with 3,369. Top harvest counties in the Green Hills area were Harrison with 1,777 deer checked, Linn 1,615, and Sullivan 1,566. Other Green Hills counties including Daviess had 1,391 deer checked, Putnam 1,369, Livingston 1,227, Mercer 1,110, Grundy 1,087, and Caldwell 950.

Last year hunters checked 200,738 deer during the 2018 November portion of firearms deer season with 103,582 being antlered bucks, 20,040 being button bucks, and 77,116 being does.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website. For harvest summaries from past years, visit the Hunting and fishing section of the MDC website.  

MDC reported six firearms-related hunting incidents during the November portion of the firearms deer season with four being self-inflicted, one non-fatal incident involving a shooter and victim, and one fatal incident involving a shooter and victim.

Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery deer hunting from Nov. 27 through Jan. 15, 2020. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 6-8. Lastly, the alternative methods portion will run December 28 through January 7, 2020.