Texas County entered Monday in second place in Missouri in the November portion of the fall firearms deer season, the Missouri Department of Conservation reported.
Hunters in the county have killed 1,831 deer. Leading the state is Franklin County with 2,117. Howell County is third at 1,734.
Other leaders in the state are: Callaway (1,581), Benton (1,527), Wayne (1,521), Pike (1,383), Morgan (1,308) and Douglas (1,297).
The breakdown early Monday morning in the county shows: Antlered bucks (914), button bucks (148) and does (769).
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 90,334 deer during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season Nov. 11-12. Of the 90,334 deer harvested, 53,159 were antlered bucks, 7,163 were button bucks, and 30,012 were does.
In Texas County, the deer kill was up slightly.
According to MDC, this year’s opening weekend harvest was similar to the previous five-year average. Last year, hunters checked 93,355 deer during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season.
“With the cool mornings and comfortable afternoons, it would have been hard to ask for more pleasant conditions to be deer hunting this past weekend,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle.
The November portion of firearms deer season runs through Nov. 21 followed by the CWD portion Nov. 22-26 in open counties. Archery deer hunting resumes Nov. 22 through Jan. 15. The late youth portion runs Nov. 24-26. The late antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 2-10 in open counties and the alternative methods portion will occur Dec. 23 through Jan. 2.
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