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Preliminary hunting numbers in for opening firearms weekend

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation reported 99,567 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend.

Top harvest counties were Franklin with 2,057 deer checked, Callaway with 1,971, and Benton with 1,875.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 99,567 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 10 and 11. Of the 99,567 deer harvested, 55,887 were antlered bucks, 9,573 were button bucks, and 34,107 were does.

In Lincoln County, preliminary numbers are showing 848 bucks have been harvested so far, with 172 button bucks and 619 does.

Top harvest counties in the state for opening weekend were Franklin with 2,057 deer checked, Callaway with 1,971 and Benton with 1,875.

Last year, hunters checked 94,886 deer during the opening weekend of the 2017 November portion of firearms deer season.

The November portion of fall firearms deer seasons continues through Nov. 20. Archery deer season opens again Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, 2019. The late youth portion runs Nov. 23-25.

The antlerless portion runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. The alternative methods portion runs Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, 2019.

For more information on deer hunting in Missouri, see MDC’s 2018 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online at

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at

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