Final Missouri Deer hunting numbers are in
The final deer harvest report for the season is in for Missouri. The season ended on January 15th, with the preliminary total harvest set at 285-thousand-483. Overall top harvest counties were Franklin with 62-hundred-47 deer checked, Callaway with 57-hundred-3, and Texas County with 51-hundred-57. The harvest is down slightly from the previous year, which was 290-thousand-224. According to the Department of Conservation, the calendar shift caused the November portion of firearms season to occur a week later than last year and during peak breeding when buck movement is reduced. Fall archery turkey hunting also ended January 15th. Preliminary data from MDC showed 24-hundred-6 turkeys harvested.