Cooler weather and some rain before and during opening weekend improved conditions for hunters and were also good for deer activity.
The weather came just in time for the Nov. 13-14 opening weekend of Missouri’s firearms portion of deer season. The season closed Tuesday.
Harvest numbers for 2010 opening weekend were up almost 14 percent over 2009 with 97,856 deer checked compared to 86,202 last year.
The top harvest counties for opening weekend were Benton with 1,968 deer checked, Callaway with 1,749 deer checked and Macon with 1,719 deer checked. Texas County was fourth with 1,670. The breakdown: 852, antlered bucks; 189, button bucks; and 629, does.
On Monday afternoon of this week, the top deer counties were: Benton, 3,287; Callaway, 3,044; Howell, 3,339; and Texas, 2,969. The breakdown in Texas County showed: 1,363, bucks; 374, button bucks; and 1,232, does. Based on those numbers, the harvest will be significantly below 2010’s count when the county placed first and killed 4,372.