MDC releases preliminary numbers for firearm deer season

JEFFERSON, Mo. – Data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that hunters in Missouri harvested 93,355 deer during the opening weekend of firearms deer season.

Last year, hunters checked 89,939 were checked in the same weekend.

“After a mild start to the month of November, the weather sure turned colder just in time for opening weekend,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “Although Saturday was a bit blustery, we had some good conditions, overall, for opening weekend this year and the long-term forecast looks very good at this point as well.”

Here are the top three counties:

  • Franklin with 2,015
  • Texas with 1,724
  • Callaway with 1,692

The November portion of firearms deer season continues through Nov. 22.

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