Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 12,080 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 22 – Jan. 1. Of the total harvest, 3,081 were antlered bucks, 1,586 button bucks, and 7,413 does. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 304 deer harvested, Osage with 278, and Franklin with 263.

In Scotland County hunters checked in 132 deer, including 38 antlered bucks during the season. Schuyler County hunters bagged 72 deer, while Knox County checked in 143 deer and Clark County hunters harvested 162 deer.

The harvest total for last year’s alternative-methods portion was 10,027 with 2,830 being antlered bucks, 1,311 button bucks, and 5,886 does.

Deer hunting continues for this season with statewide archery hunting through January 15. Scotland County hunters have tagged in 600 deer during the archery season since it opened in November. Statewide more than 52,000 deer have been taken with a bow as the season enters its final week.