Olivia Crites, 12 of Bucyrus, harvested this nine-point buck Sunday in Bucyrus.

The first of two youth deer seasons in Missouri concluded Sunday with 273 deer killed in Texas County. That was the eighth highest total in the state. 

The breakdown in the county was 100 bucks, 31 button bucks and 142 does. 

The top county in the state was Osage with 379 deer harvested, followed by Howell (378) and Franklin (354).

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 17,222 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion. Last year’s harvest total for the early youth portion was 11,171.

“The increase in harvest during the early youth portion compared to last year is likely due to the excellent weather over the weekend, which was favorable for deer movement,” MDC Deer Biologist Barb Keller said. “Weather during early youth season last year was particularly poor, with highs in the 80s throughout much of the state.”

For the latest deer harvest totals by county and portion, visit MDC’s website at http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew.

Archery deer hunting continues through Nov. 10 and again from Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018. Up next for deer hunting in Missouri is the main firearms deer season, which runs Nov. 11-21. That will be followed by the late youth portion of firearms deer season on Nov. 24-26. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 1-3. Lastly, the alternative methods portion will run Dec. 23- Jan. 2.

More information on deer hunting in Missouri is available through MDC’s free 2017 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet available where permits are sold, from MDC regional offices and nature centers, and online at http://bit.ly/2tmUdHo.  

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