Local county leads the way in November firearms deer harvest

Photo: Among successful deer hunters during the November firearms portion was 97-year-old WWII Marine veteran Robert McGrath who took a nine-point buck on private land. He is from the Millersburg area and lives in Columbia with his son. Photo: Courtesy the McGrath family

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) show deer hunters in Missouri harvested 176,604 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 14-24. Of the 176,604 deer harvested, 95,654 were antlered bucks, 16,045 were button bucks and 64,905 were does.

Top harvest counties were Howell with 3,496 deer harvested, Franklin with 3,409 and Texas with 3,374.

Last year hunters checked 179,960 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season with 91,917 being antlered bucks, 17,330 being button bucks, and 70,713 being does.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

For harvest summaries from past years, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-harvest-reports/deer-harvest-summaries.

“Hunters posted an impressive harvest total given the challenging conditions, particularly on opening weekend,” says MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “Typically, about half of the harvest occurs during the first two days of the season. Unfortunately, hunters were greeted by rain and high winds to start the season, resulting in harvest numbers falling behind last year’s mark early.”

MDC reported three firearms-related hunting incidents during the November portion of the firearms deer season with all being non-fatal and self-inflicted.

Archery deer season continues through Jan. 15. The late youth portion runs through Sunday. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 4-6, followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

Find more information on deer hunting from MDC’s 2020 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where hunting permits are sold and online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/2020FDT.pdf.

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