Final Deer Tally Down from Last Year

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Unseasonably warm weather the first week of firearms deer season and rainy conditions the second weekend combined to keep Missouri's November deer harvest below the record set in 2002.

Hunters bagged 207,516 deer Nov. 15 through 25. That is 9,919 below last year's kill of 217,435 and 1,649 more than the 2001 harvest of 205,867.

Texas County led statewide harvest totals with 4,132 deer checked. Howell County was second with 3,797, and Benton was third with 3,708. Northwest Missouri led regional harvest totals with 34,844. Other regional harvest totals were: Northeast, 34,295; Central, 32,551; Kansas City, 25,461; Ozark, 25,258; Southwest, 25,026; Southeast, 14,396; and St. Louis, 14,338.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recorded 12 firearms-related deer hunting accidents during the 11-day November portion of firearms deer season. Two of those accidents resulted in deaths.

Since 1980, Missouri has averaged 13.5 firearms-related deer hunting accidents during the November firearms deer season. In the past five years, the average has been 8.2 per year. The safest November deer season on record was 2000, with four accidents, including two fatalities.

Two portions of firearms deer season remain, totaling 19 days. The Muzzleloader Portion runs from Nov. 28 through Dec. 7. The Antlerless-Only Portion runs from Dec. 13 through 21 in units 1 through 27, 33 through 38, 58 and 59.


A late correction in deer harvest figures puts the statewide deer kill at 208,940. An earlier report listed the Central Region deer kill as 32,551. The corrected figure is 33,975, increasing the statewide total by 1,424. The harvest during the Nov. 15-25 firearms deer hunting season is 8,495 less than the record set in 2002.