Missouri deer harvest numbers down
Hunters have killed nearly 10,000 fewer this season
Hunters in Missouri harvested more than 88,000 deer in the opening weekend of the fall firearms season.
The Missouri Department of Conservation says that of the 88,843 deer harvested, 51,086 were antlered bucks, 8,115 were button bucks, and 29,642 were does. The top Missouri counties for deer harvests last weekend were Franklin, Texas, and Callaway.
So far in Barry County, 1,621 deer have been harvested, including 907 antlered buck, 131 button buck and 583 does.
For Lawrence County, 1,406 deer have been taken, with 801 antlered bucks, 114 button bucks and 491 does making up the figure.
The number of deer checked in during the opening weekend is down from last year. There were over 99,000 deer harvested in the November 2018 opening fall firearms season.
The November portion of fall firearms deer season continues through Nov. 26. Archery deer season opens again Nov. 27 through Jan. 15, 2020. The late youth portion runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. The antlerless portion runs Dec. 6-8. The alternative methods portion runs Dec. 28 through Jan. 7, 2020.