Casey Merckling, of Houston, killed a nine-point buck Saturday morning while hunting with his brother, Trevor, near Raymondville. It was his first deer harvested during his first time hunting.

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.

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

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

Leading the state are: Franklin, 2,047, first; Howell, 1,958, second; and Wayne, 1,868, fourth.

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 2015 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 http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew. For harvest summaries from past years, visit http://on.mo.gov/2fyMaBN

(Last year’s opening week total was changed to reflect a new number from the Missouri Department of Conservation).

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