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Missouri hunters harvest 178,936 during November portion of firearms deer season

November 29, 2019 at 6:05 a.m. | Updated November 29, 2019 at 3:49 p.m.
The Missouri Department of Conservation reports 88,843 deer were harvested during 2019 firearms opening weekend, Nov. 16-17, including this 10-point buck harvested in Knox County by 10-year-old Chase Bailey. Chase is pictured with his dad, Travis.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation indicates hunters harvested 178,936 deer in the state during the November portion of fall firearms deer season.

Of those, 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.

Other area totals by county were Osage with 2,846; Morgan with 2,670; Gasconade with 2,651; Camden with 2,055; Boone with 1,984; Miller with 1,814; Maries with 1,512; Moniteau with 1,191; and Cole with 937.

More information is available at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table.

Last year, hunters checked 200,738 deer during the November period with 103,582 antlered bucks, 20,040 button bucks and 77,116 does.

MDC reported six firearms-related hunting incidents during the period 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 running now through Jan. 15. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs through Dec. 1. The antlerless season runs Dec. 6-8, and the alternative methods season runs Dec. 28-Jan. 7.

Additional information about deer hunting can be found at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer, or from MDC's booklet on fall deer and turkey hunting regulations where permits are sold.

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