Over 88,000 Deer Harvested During Missouri’s Opening Weekend Firearm Deer Season

Deer standing in a field.

Deer standing in a field.

Missouri held its November portion of fall firearm deer season on November 16 and 17. During that time, hunters got out and bought down over 88,000 deer- of which 51,086 were antlered bucks, 8,115 were button bucks, and 29,642 were does. This portion of fall deer season will continue until November 26 before archery deer season opens.

Opening Weekend

November 16 and 17 was the opening weekend of fall firearm deer season in Missouri, and during this weekend, hunters harvested 88,843 deer, according to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) [1]. Last year, hunters checked in over 10,000 more deer than this year; in the opening weekend of the fall firearm season, 2018 hunters killed 99,470 deer. [2]

During the 2019 opening weekend, hunters checked in 51,086 antlered bucks, 8,115 button bucks, and 29,642 does. The top three counties with the most deer for opening weekend were Franklin, Texas, and Callaway County- Franklin County checked in 2,078 deer, Texas checked in 1,931, and Callaway checked in 1,735.

Hunting Seasons

The November portion of the fall firearm deer season will continue until November 26. Archery deer season will open on the 27 and continue until January 15, 2020. The late portion of deer firearm season will begin on November 29 and run until December 1. The antlerless portion of the deer season will start on December 6 and end December 8. The alternative methods portion runs Dec. 28 through Jan. 7, 2020.

For more information on Missouri deer hunting, you can view MDC’s website or read their 2019 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet here.


Notes:

  1. ^Telecheck Harvest Numbers.” 19 Nov. 2019, extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table. (go back↩)
  2. ^Deer Harvest Summaries.” MDC Hunting and Fishing, 19 Nov. 2019, huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-harvest-reports/deer-harvest-summaries. (go back↩)

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