A white-tailed deer doe stands on alert while feeding.

Preliminary figures from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) show that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 16,032 deer during the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 3-11. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 451 deer harvested, Pike with 412 and Macon with 348.

Texas County had 134. The breakdown: antlered bucks (1), button bucks (19) and does (114).

Last year’s antlerless-portion harvest total was 15,019 in the state.

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