Texas County was third in the state in total deer harvested during the 2016-’17 hunting season
The Missouri Department of Conservation said 263,832 deer were killed in the season that ended Jan. 15. The total in Texas County was 4,608 –– behind Franklin County with 5,272 and Howell at 5,242.
This year’s total was below the 273,249 deer during the 2015-’16 deer-hunting season.
Deer hunting ended with the close of the archery season. Preliminary data showed that hunters checked 47,550 deer during the archery season. Top counties for the archery season were Jefferson with 1,118 deer harvested, Wayne with 980 and St. Louis with 979.
Fall archery turkey hunting also ended Jan. 15 with 2,304 turkeys harvested. St. Clair led the state with 57 birds harvested.
The past season was the first in which MDC allowed crossbows as a legal method during the deer and turkey archery season. Of the 47,550 deer harvested under archery methods, 14,336 were with crossbows. Of the 2,304 turkeys harvested under archery methods, 853 were with crossbows.
MDC reported four firearms-related hunting incidents. All were non-fatal. Three involved self-inflicted injuries and one involved the ricochet of a bullet fragment from one hunter into another. In addition, the department was notified of one tree-stand fall, which was not fatal.