December 15, 2005

Scotland County Muzzleloader Deer Hunters Double Harvest In 2005

Area hunters took advantage of the muzzleloader portion of the 2005 firearms deer season to add another 1,600 deer to the freezer. The northeast recording district saw a nearly 25 percent increase in deer taken by the single-shot muzzleloaders during the season, which ran from November 25th through December 4th.

Scotland County did its part to raise the numbers, more than doubling the 2004 total of 60 deer harvested with 123 this season. Monroe County was the only county in the northeast district to record a decline from 2005, falling 21 deer to 122.

Pike County led the region with 211 deer and was second highest in the state to only Oregon County with 226.

Knox County was up 42 deer to 117 while Clark County harvest numbers grew 47 to 114. Schuyler County saw the least amount of growth, increasing just nine deer to 66.

Despite the growth in northeast Missouri, state totals were down in 2005. Only 10,113 deer where taken by muzzleloader. That was down 1,825 deer from last season.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recorded no hunting related accidents during the 10 days of hunting.

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