November 17, 2005

Deer Season Off To Good Start In Scotland County

Local hunters thrived on opening weekend of the 2005 firearms deer season, but overall harvest numbers were down statewide for the first two days of the season, November 12-13.

A total of 1,245 deer were checked in by Scotland County hunters over the two days, an increase of 164 deer from 2004ís total of 1,081. That marked the second largest increase for the northeast Missouri region, trailing only Knox County, which saw its totals leap 236 deer to 1,356 in 2005.

The big gains were not enough to offset an overall decline this season statewide. Opening weekend harvest totals dropped 771 deer in the northeast region to 20,035 and fell off by more than 26,000 statewide to 106,545 deer taken in Missouriís first two days of hunting.

Pike County led the northeast region with 1,954 deer checked in, which was third highest in the state. Top honors went to Callaway County where 2,232 deer were taken. Benton County was second with 2,188.

Other local totals of interest were Clark County (-182 to 1,250); Schuyler County (-239 to 792 the lowest total in the region) and Adair County (-294 to 1,384). Marion County was the biggest loser, falling off 500 deer from 2004.

Adair County reported one non-fatal hunting accident during opening weekend. Statewide there werefive hunting accidents, including one fatality in the Central recording region.

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