November 15, 2001

Deer Hunters Set Opening Weekend State Record Despite Local Decline

Warm weather led to unprecedented success on the opening weekend of Missouri's firearms deer season, which opened Saturday, November 10 with a bang, or more appropriately over 100,000 bangs.

A total of 116,553 deer were harvested in the state on opening weekend this year. That surpassed last seasons first two days by more than 5,000 deer.

Despite the upward trend, Scotland County was one of just four counties in the 16-county northeast Missouri region that witnessed declines in deer numbers from last year.

Scotland County hunters bagged just 1,080 deer November 10-11, down 44 deer from the 2000 mark of 1,124 deer. Knox, Lincoln, and Sullivan counties also witnessed declines while the region as a whole increased to 22,729 deer to lead the state. That was well above last years total for the 16 counties at 21,790 deer.

As usual, Macon County led the region with 2,179 deer taken while Pike County closed the gap and came in a close second with 2,077 deer.

Callaway County topped the state with 2,270 deer harvested. Benton County was second with 2,215 followed by Macon County in third overall followed by Montgomery County.

Surprisingly Scotland County ranked near the bottom of the northeast region in harvest numbers. Only Putnam County had fewer deer taken with 918. Other neighboring counties fared better. Clark County had the biggest increase with 118 more deer in 2001 to top out at 1,436. Adair County went up 76 deer to 1,440. Knox County dropped 13 deer from last year but still checked in 1,205 while Lewis County had similar numbers at 1,151 deer taken. Schuyler County was up 28 deer to 1,261.

No hunting related accidents were reported in Scotland County or in the entire northeast Region. Only two non-fatal accidents were reported in the state, both occurring in the central region.

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