Deer

Missouri Department of Conservation reports final deer harvest numbers for the season at 296,500

Missouri’s 2020-2021 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation reporting a preliminary total deer harvest for the season of 296,516. Of the deer harvested, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks, and 127,461 were does. Top harvest counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with 5,786 deer harvested, Howell […]

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Department of Conservation reports 14,555 deer taken during alternative-methods portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 14,555 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 26 – Jan. 5. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 318 deer harvested, Callaway with 317, and Osage with 298. The harvest total for 2020’s alternative-methods portion was […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation harvest numbers for antlerless portion of deer season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 15,425 deer during the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season this past weekend. That’s 4,500 more than the corresponding weekend last year across the state. This past weekend, the top harvest counties were Callaway with 438 deer harvested, Morgan with […]

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

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 […]

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November firearms deer harvest ends with 176,604, down almost 3400 from 2019

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 167,604 deer during the November portion of the firearms deer season from November 14th through November 24th. Of the deer harvested, 95,654 were antlered bucks, 16,045 were button bucks, and 64,905 were does. Top harvest counties in the state were Howell […]

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Missouri hunters take less deer on opening weekend than in 2019, weather a huge factor over the weekend

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 80,525 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season. That’s eight thousand fewer deer than the corresponding first weekend of 2019 which came in at a total of 88,760. Of the deer harvested […]

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Department of Conservation reminds hunters of hunter orange requirements ahead of firearms deer season

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters not to forget their hunter orange before heading out the door for the opening weekend of firearms deer season Nov. 14-24. Hunters must wear a hunter orange hat and a hunter orange vest, shirt, or coat. The color must be visible from all sides. Camouflage orange does not […]

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Young hunters harvest over 15,000 deer during early youth portion of season

 Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 15,591 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2020 deer hunting season, October 31 and November 1. Top counties were Franklin with youth hunters harvesting 336 deer, Howell with 324, and Osage with 320. View additional harvest […]

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Young hunters reminded that early youth deer firearms season begins October 31

The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages young hunters to get outdoors and discover nature this weekend for the early portion of youth firearms deer season Oct. 31 – Nov. 1. Shooting hours run one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. To participate, hunters must be at least 6-years-old and no older than 15 […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters of baiting regulations during deer and turkey seasons

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters to be aware of baiting regulations during the fall deer and turkey hunting seasons. The use of bait, including grain or other feed, placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey, while hunting is illegal. The regulations are in place to help limit the spread of chronic wasting […]