Data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 9,965 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 25 – Jan. 4.

Top harvest counties were Osage with 223 deer harvested, Franklin with 211 and Callaway with 201. Texas County had 195. The breakdown was: 65, anterless; 24, button bucks; and 106, does.

The harvest total for last year’s alternative-methods portion was 14,623.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county and type of deer, visit the MDC website at

For harvest summaries from past years, visit

Archery deer season runs through Jan. 15.

Find more information on deer hunting from MDC’s 2021 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online at

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