November 6, 2003

Youth Deer Hunters Set New State Record

Local young people helped set a new record as more than 9,000 deer were harvested November 1-2 during the 2003 Youth Only Firearms Deer Season in Missouri.

Scotland County hunters, under the age of 16, checked in 72 deer during the two day season that gives kids a head start on firearms season, which opens to the rest of the hunters beginning Saturday, November 15.

That was up 21 deer from 2002, a trend that was followed across the entire northeast district where totals were up in each and every one of the 15 counties. The district jumped from 1,090 deer last year to 1,491 in 2003. Statewide there were 9,054 deer harvest, a new state record, shattering the 2002 totals of 7,580, an increase of 1,474 deer taken.

Pike County took top honors in Missouri with a total of 210 deer harvested by youth. Macon, the northeast districtís top performer, was second in the state at 174 followed by Monroe County with 121.

Other local counties of interest included Clark County with 72 deer checked, Knox County (72), Lewis County (58), Adair County (91) and Schuyler County (88).

Equally as impressive as the harvest totals were the numbers of accidents. No hunting related accidents were reported in the state during the two-day event.

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