Harley Coulter of Houston killed this 10-point deer in the county. From left: Devin, Harley and Dylan Coulter.

Texas County’s deer harvest was trailing last year’s totals going into the final day of the fall firearms season, a Missouri Department of Conservation report shows.

The total stood at 3,380 in the season that began Nov. 15 and ran through Nov. 25. The breakdown shows: 1,425 antlered bucks, 483 button bucks and 1,472 does. The numbers are acquired using a system that requires hunters to either report it online or by telephone.

In 2007, hunters killed 4,039 deer during the fall firearms season.

The top counties before the season close were: Macon, 3,852; Benton, 3,459; and Texas, 3,380.

The Missouri Department of Conservation also tracks total deer killed in the state from the various seasons. The leading counties Monday were: Benton, 4,116; Callaway, 4,041; Texas, 4,030; and Howell, 3,948.

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