Record number of deer taken during second weekend of youth firearms season

Young Deer Hunter

The second weekend for youth firearms deer season took place Saturday and Sunday with Missouri noting a record number of deer taken for those specific dates.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 39-hundred deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of 2020 deer hunting. That was double the number of deer taken by youth during a similar period a year ago. Top counties for the 2020 late youth portion were Osage with 90 deer harvested, Pike with 87, and Franklin with 72.

MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle said great weather conditions contributed to the harvest total for the late youth portion of firearms deer season. Isabelle added that during shorter portions of firearms deer season, the weather has an especially important effect on the harvest.

Within the Green Hills counties, the past two days youth took 49 deer in Linn County and 43 each in Harrison and Livingston counties. Weekend totals in other counties include Sullivan with 37, Daviess 36, Putnam 33, Mercer 29, Grundy 24. and Caldwell at 21 deer.

Archery deer season runs through January 15th, 2021 and the antlerless portion of firearms deer season is December 4th through 6th followed by the alternative methods portion from December 26th through January 5th, 2021.