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MDC Opening Weekend Totals

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 11 and 12. Of the 94,977 deer harvested, 54,027 were ant­lered bucks, 9,535 were but­ton bucks, and 31,415 were does.

Top harvest counties for opening weekend were How­ell with 2,095 deer checked, Franklin with 2,060 and Tex­as with 1,855.

Last year hunters checked 96,131 deer during the open­ing weekend of the 2016 No­vember portion of firearms deer season.

The November portion of fall firearms deer seasons continues through Nov. 21. Archery deer season opens again Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2016. The late youth por­tion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 24-26. The antler­less portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 1-3 and the alternative methods por­tion will run Dec. 23- Jan. 2, 2018.

Missouri offers some of the best deer hunting in the country and deer hunting is an important part of many Missourians’ lives and fam­ily traditions. Deer hunting is also an important economic driver in Missouri and gives a $1 billion annual boost to the state and local econo­mies.

For current ongoing pre­liminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer visit the MDC website at For harvest summaries from past years, visit http://

REMINDER TO HUNT­ERS: When using MDC’s mobile Mo Hunting app, remember to complete the process after you notch your permit by telechecking your deer.

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