Texas County is 300 deer behind the state’s leader in a tally from the Missouri Department of Conservation. The firearms deer season started Saturday.

Hunters in the county have harvested 2,453 deer. The breakdown shows: Antlered bucks (1,246), button bucks (228) and does (979).

Leading the state is Franklin County with 2,753. Other top counties: Callaway (2,259), Bollinger (2,204) and Howell (2,018).

The season ends Nov. 22.

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