MDC reports 89,861 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

More than 115K taken through Nov. 17

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 89,861 deer during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season Nov. 13 and 14.

Of the 89,861 deer harvested, 54,415 were antlered bucks, 7,187 were button bucks, and 28,259 were does.

Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin with 1,968 deer harvested, Texas with 1,814, and Benton with 1,654.

By Nov. 17, the number had grown to more than 115,000. By that time in Barry County, hunters had harvested 885 total deer, 530 antlered bucks, 54 button bucks and 271 does.

Last year, hunters checked 80,744 deer during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season.

For current, ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at

For harvest summaries from past years, visit

“Thankfully, the weather cooperated this weekend and hunters were treated to some good conditions,” said Jason Isabelle, MDC Cervid Program supervisor. “Given the rain and gusty winds across much of the state during opening weekend last year, it isn’t surprising that we saw an increase in harvest this year.” 

The November portion of firearms deer season ended on Tuesday. Missouri’s archery deer and turkey season resumes today (Wednesday) through Jan. 15, 2022. The late youth portion of firearms season runs Friday to Sunday. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 4-12, followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 25 through Jan. 4, 2022.

Learn more about deer hunting in Missouri online at

Get more information about deer season and hunting regulations from MDC’s 2021 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where hunting permits are sold and online at

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