MDC reports 89,861 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend | State News

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri deer hunters gathered 89,861 deer throughout opening weekend of the November part of guns deer season, according to initial information from the Missouri Department of Preservation (MDC). 

This is nearly 10,000 more deer than in 2015’s opening weekend where hunters inspected 80,744 deer.

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

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

“Thankfully, the weather cooperated this weekend and hunters were treated to some good conditions,” MDC Cervid Program Manager Jason Isabelle stated in a news release. “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 part of guns deer season continues through Nov. 23.

Missouri’s archery deer and turkey season resumes Nov. 24 through Jan. 15, 2022.

The late youth part of guns season runs Nov. 26-28. The antlerless part of guns deer season runs Dec. 4-12 followed by the alternative techniques part Dec. 25 through Jan. 4, 2022.

For existing, continuous initial harvest amounts to by season, county and kind of deer, or for harvest summaries from previous years, go to the MDC site.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.