Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 12,080 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 22-Jan. 1. Of the total harvest, 3,081 were antlered bucks, 1,586 button bucks and 7,413 does. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 304 deer harvested, Osage with 278 and Franklin with 263. Lincoln County had a total of 199 deer harvested, with 42 antlered bucks, 27 button bucks and 130 does.
The harvest total for last year’s alternative-methods portion was 10,027 with 2,830 being antlered bucks, 1,311 button bucks and 5,886 does. Deer hunting continues for this season with statewide archery hunting through Jan. 15. For more information on deer hunting in Missouri, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer.