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Science and the Environment

Firearms Deer Season Numbers are in

Colby Stopa

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 185,066 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season.  The 11-day season ended November 22nd.  Top harvest counties were Howell with 3,910 deer checked, Franklin with 3,738 and Texas with 3,562.  There were about 480 fewer deer harvested this year than last year.

MDC reported three firearms-related hunting incidents during the fall firearms November portion. Two of the three incidents involved self-inflicted firearm wounds and occurred in Barry and Camden counties. The third involved one hunter in a party in Grundy County wounding another while shooting at a deer.