Lorette Smith killed this 12-point buck while hunting on her property in Bucyrus on the morning of Nov. 12, opening day of this year's firearms deer season.

Texas County ranked third in Missouri after the conclusion of the fall firearms deer season on Tuesday of last week. 

The count was 3,562, which was down more than 1,000 from 2015 when 4,544 were killed.

The breakdown: 1,794 bucks, 338 button bucks and 1,430 does.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 185,066 deer. Howell County led the state with 3,910 deer harvested, followed by Franklin County at 3,738.

MDC reported three firearms-related hunting accidents during the fall firearms November portion. Two of the three incidents involved self-inflicted firearm wounds and occurred in Barry and Camden counties. The third involved one hunter in a party in Grundy County wounding another while shooting at a deer.

Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery from Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, the late youth firearms portion last weekend (Nov. 25-27), firearms antlerless portion this Friday through Sunday (Dec. 2-4), and the firearms alternative methods portion Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.

Learn more about deer hunting from MDC online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer.

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