Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) indicates that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 12,080 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Saturday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 1. Of the total harvest, 3,081 were antlered bucks, 1,586 button bucks, and 7,413 does. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 304 deer harvested, Osage with 278, and Franklin with 263. There were 152 deer taken in Morgan County.
The harvest total for last year’s alternative-methods portion was 10,027 with 2,830 being antlered bucks, 1,311 button bucks, and 5,886 does.
Deer hunting continues for this season with statewide archery hunting through Tuesday, Jan. 15. For more information on deer hunting in Missouri, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer.