November 18, 2010

Deer Season Opening Weekend Harvest Nearly Surpasses 100,000 Statewide

Guns were blazing across Missouri on Saturday and Sunday as deer hunters got the 2010 firearms deer season off to a solid start nearly surpassing the 100,000 mark on the opening weekend of the 11-day season.

A total of 97,856 deer were checked in on November 13 and November 14. That was up 11,654 deer from last year's opening weekend total of 86,202 deer.

Northeast Missouri hunters played a big part in the increased harvest totals, bagging 17,031 deer compared to 14,187 in 2009.

Macon County led the region with 1,715 deer, which was the third highest total statewide behind just Benton County with 1,968 deer and Callaway County with 1,749 deer.

Scotland County hunters took down the big racks in the season opener, checking in 466 antlered bucks. A total of 464 does and 153 button bucks were also checked in giving Scotland County a 1,083 deer total, well up from last year's opening weekend take of just 900 deer.

Knox County numbers jumped up 353 deer from 895 last year to 1,248 in 2010 to mark one of the biggest increases in the state. Clark County also surpassed the 1,000 deer mark, increasing from 877 in 2009 to 1,024 this year. Other area harvest numbers included Adair County with 1,289 deer (+60) Putnam County with 946 deer (-46) and Schuyler County with 672 deer (-49).

The firearms deer season runs through November 23rd. The antlerless only portion of the season runs from November 24 - December 5 across most of the northern half of the state.

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