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MDC reports more deer harvested during 2022 November firearms season than 2021 season



Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 197,724 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season (Nov. 12-22), which is up from last year.

Of the 197,724 deer harvested, 102,633 were antlered bucks, 16,929 were button bucks and 78,162 were does. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,175 deer harvested, Texas with 3,607 and Callaway with 3,416.

Last year, hunters checked 188,928 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season; 102,054 being antlered bucks, 16,537 being button bucks and 70,337 does.

“It would have been hard to ask for much better weather during the November portion than what hunters experienced this year,” MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle said in a press release. “To have sustained temperatures that were well below average for nearly the entire season portion was quite remarkable.”

The MDC also said the colder weather likely resulted in increased deer movements, contributing to this year’s higher harvest total.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county and type of deer, visit the MDC website. For harvest summaries from past years are also available online.

MDC reported one non-fatal firearms-related hunting incident during the November portion of the firearms deer season. It was self-inflicted and occurred in Bollinger County.

Missouri’s archery deer and turkey season resumes Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 15, 2023. The late youth portion of firearms season is Friday through Sunday. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 3-11 (in open counties) followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 24-Jan. 3, 2023.

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Ryan Shiner


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