November 20, 2003

Opening Weekend Deer Harvest Down In Scotland County, Statewide

Despite relatively nice weather and moderately heavy hunting pressure totals from the opening weekend of Missouriís Firearms Deer Season were down in Scotland County as well as statewide.

Local hunters checked in just 902 deer, down 113 animals from last yearís mark of 1,015 for the first weekend of the 11-day gun season.

Numbers were down across Missouri as a whole where 110,995 deer were taken on Saturday and Sunday. That is 16,256 less deer than 2002 when 127,251 bucks and does were checked in.

Thirteen of the 15 counties in the northeast district joined Scotland County with declining totals. The lone improvements came in Sullivan County which jumped up an amazing 219 deer to 1,373. Putnam County experienced a 37 deer increase to 995 in 2003.

Two of the regionís biggest producers experienced the biggest declines as both Pike and Macon counties were down 237 deer this year. Macon still led the region and was second in the state with 1,980 deer checked in. Benton County in the Kansas City Region was tops in Missouri with a total of 2,118 deer harvested. Macon County was second followed by Howell County of the Ozark region with 1,927 deer taken.

The Northwest Region surpassed the Northeast Region for the top producer in the state with 19,745, just 392 more than the neighboring region to the east.

Statewide there were two non-fatal hunting related accidents reported, one in the central and one in the northwest regions.

Other area county totals were as follows:

Adair County 1,434 (-226)

Clark County 1,219 (-38)

Knox County 1,000 (-170)

Lewis County 1,070 (-180)

Schuyler County 1,288 (-94)

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