Jerry Ellis, of Houston, killed this eight-point buck Saturday on the opening day of deer season.

Texas County deer hunters harvested fewer deer than the opening weekend last year, reports the Missouri Department of Conservation. The tally early Monday was 1,958, which put the county as third in the state.

In the first two days in 2015, the count totaled 2,184.

A conservation department tally showed the breakdown in the county as 1,091 antlered bucks, 170 button bucks and 681 does.

Other leading counties include Franklin with 2,047, Howell with 1,958 and Wayne with 1,868.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 96,131 deer during the opening weekend. Of the 96,131 deer harvested, 55,753 were antlered bucks, 8,873 were button bucks, and 31,505 were does.

Last year, hunters checked 93,896 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season.

The November portion of fall firearms deer seasons continues through Nov. 22. Archery deer season opens again Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, 2017. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 25-27.

The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 2-4. Lastly, the alternative methods portion will run Dec. 24-Jan. 3, 2017.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer visit the MDC website at

For harvest summaries from past years, log onto

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