November 10, 2011

Youth Hunters Make Record Harvest Over Weekend

Eli Kigar was one of the many successful Scotland County youth hunters.

Excellent weather conditions combined with favorable scheduling helped youth hunters across the state of Missouri make a record harvest during the two day special youth firearms deer season November 5th and 6th.

A total of 16,392 were checked in over the 48-hours, easily eclipsing the previous record harvest of 13,466 deer in 2004. The haul represented a more than 3,100 deer increase from last year's two day totals of 13,263 deer.

All but one of the 15 counties in the Missouri Department of Conservation's Northeast Region recorded harvest increases in 2011.

Pike County topped the region with 277 deer taken followed by Macon County with 264 and Adair County with 166. The region had the second largest harvest in the state with 2,500 deer checked in, trailing on the Central Region with 2,877 deer.

Osage County was tops in the state with 369 deer harvested, followed by Franklin County with 331 deer and Howell County with 316 deer.

In Scotland County, hunters between the ages of six to 15, checked in 87 antlered bucks, 24 button bucks and 46 does on Saturday and Sunday. That surpassed the 2010 total of 139 deer by 18.

Clark County was the lone northeast Missouri county to have a decline in 2011, dropping two deer from its 2010 mark of 140 deer.

Youth hunters in Knox County checked in 159 deer, up 38 from last year. Schuyler County was up 34 deer in 2011 to 107. Putnam County had an even bigger increase, with totals jumping up 41 to 142 deer in 2011.

Kids that failed to fill their tags will get a second chance January 7th and 8th, 2012, with a second special youth season. Only one antlered deer may be taken during the entire firearms deer season. So if the youth has already taken one antlered deer during one of the other portions of the firearms deer season, he or she may not take another during this portion.

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