Deer harvest numbers

Texas County ranked sixth in the state in the two-day youth season that concluded Sunday. 

The total was 308, up 35 from last year. The breakdown:155, antlered bucks; 45, button bucks; and 111, does. 

Top counties in the state: Osage (381), Howell (356), Franklin (351), Bollinger (316), Callaway (312) and Texas (311).

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 18,158 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2019 deer hunting season, Nov. 2 and 3.

Get more information on early youth portion harvest results at

Last year’s harvest total for the early youth portion was 13,645. Get more information on past-season deer harvests at

“We had great weekend weather for deer hunting,” said MDC Deer Biologist Kevyn Wiskirchen. “It was chilly, but not freezing, which is good for deer movement.”

Archery deer hunting continues through Nov. 15 and resumes Nov. 27 through Jan. 15, 2020. The November portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 16-26 followed by the late youth portion Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 6-8 followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 28- Jan. 7, 2020.

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