Missouri total deer harvest up 4%

News Tribune

Missouri's 2020-21 deer-hunting season ended Friday, with the Missouri Department of Conservation reporting a preliminary total deer kill for the season of 296,516.

Of the deer killed, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks and 127,461 were does, according to an MDC news release.

Top harvesting counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with 5,786 deer harvested, Howell with 5,367, and Callaway with 4,989.

In Central Missouri, hunters in Cole County took in 1,717 deer; Boone, 3,208; Maries, 2,254; Miller, 3,060; Moniteau, 1,803; Morgan, 4,484; and Osage, 3,970.

Hunters in Missouri killed 285,873 deer during the 2019-20 deer hunting season with 134,092 being antlered bucks, 27,970 button bucks and 123,811 does.

"Although harvest was down slightly during the November portion of firearms deer season, when most of the deer harvest occurs, increases in most of the other season portions contributed to about a 4 percent increase in this year's total deer harvest over last year's," MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle said in MDC's news release. "The increased harvest is largely a reflection of increasing deer numbers throughout much of the state."

Archery deer results

Deer hunting ended with the close of the archery season. Preliminary data from MDC show hunters checked 67,180 deer during the 2020-21 archery deer season.

Top harvesting counties for the archery deer season were Jefferson with 1,630, St. Louis with 1,384, and Franklin with 1,315.

In Central Missouri, archery hunters in Cole County took in 403 deer; Boone, 869; Callaway, 1,127; Maries, 470; Miller, 567; Moniteau, 272; Morgan, 1,032; and Osage, 758.

Hunters in Missouri killed 61,407 deer during the 2019-20 archery deer season.

Archery turkey results

Fall archery turkey hunting also ended this past Friday. Preliminary data from MDC show 2,905 turkeys were harvested.

Top harvesting counties for the fall archery turkey season were Greene with 84, Franklin with 78 and Texas with 61.

In Central Missouri, hunters in Cole County took 18 turkeys; Boone, 40; Callaway, 56; Maries, 51; Miller, 34; Moniteau, 13; Morgan, 42; and Osage, 43.

Hunters in Missouri killed 2,406 turkeys during the 2019-20 fall archery turkey season.