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MDC reports 99,567 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that 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.

Top harvest counties 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.