A hard frost awaited hunters Saturday morning for the opening of the 2014 Missouri Youth Deer Season, but weather improved over the weekend resulting in solid harvest numbers.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that young hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 18,091 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of deer hunting seasons on November 1 and 2.
Top counties for the early youth hunt were Osage with 448, Franklin with 393, and Howell with 376 deer checked.
Scotland County hunters checked in 148 deer, including 97 antlered bucks, 13 button bucks and 38 does. Schuyler County youth hunters bagged 88 deer while Knox County led the region with 151, edging Lewis County (150) for top honors locally. A total of 145 deer were harvested in Adair County with Putnam County tagging 133 deer and Clark County checking in 123 deer.
Last year’s harvest total for the early youth hunt was 18,676 statewide. Scotland County had similar results in 2013, with hunters checking in 146 deer combined on November 3rd and 4th last year.
Antlered bucks accounted for 11,481 of deer harvested in Missouri, or about 63 percent. Button bucks accounted for 1,728, or almost 10 percent. Does accounted for 4,882, or about 27 percent.
Up next for deer hunting in Missouri is the November portion of firearms deer season running November 15 through 25. This portion normally accounts for about 80 percent of the state’s firearms deer harvest.
Archery season, which began September 15th remains open through November 14th when it closes for firearms season. The second half of the archery season runs November 26th through January 15, 2015.
So far bowhunters have tagged 262 deer in Scotland County, including 87 antlered bucks.
Get more information on deer hunting in Missouri through our free 2014 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet available where permits are sold, from MDC regional offices and nature centers, and online at the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/resources/2010/03/ftd2014.pdf.