Deer season begins Saturday in Texas County.

Hunter orange will dot Texas County woods Saturday as the 11-day fall firearms season begins.

The Missouri Conservation Department says this is the first year that hunting permits can be bought online, printed out and used immediately. Buyers will notice another change – the permits will also serve as tags, meaning no separate tag is needed.

Permits will still be sold at conservation department regional offices, nature centers and hundreds of vendors throughout Missouri. Those permits will still be printed on yellow plastic material, but they won’t include a separate tag.

The hunting season brings a big boost to the region, as those looking for whitetails flood the area. Texas County hunters killed 3,130 deer last year in the total firearms season. Another 204 were recorded in youth seasons.

Over the weekend, youth season was held, the Missouri Department of Conservation said 239 deer were killed – 149 bucks, 31 button bucks and 59 does.

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