Preston McBee, a second grader at Scotland County R-I earned plenty of bragging rights by harvesting this trophy buck during the Missouri Youth Season this weekend while hunting in Scotland County with his father Josh.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 13,608 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2018 deer hunting season, which ran October 27-28. Top counties for the early youth portion were Howell with 350, Osage with 316, and Franklin with 263 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total for the early youth portion was 17,412.

“Warm temperatures and gusty winds this weekend presented much more challenging hunting conditions compared to last year, but Missouri’s youth still pulled off a respectable harvest,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Barb Keller.

The 2018 youth harvest broke down to 7,814 antlered bucks, 1,443 button bucks and 4,351 does.

In Scotland County there were 113 total deer checked in by youth hunters, including 65 antlered bucks, 13 button bucks and 35 does. Clark and Knox County each had 105 deer checked in during youth season with Schuyler County youth hunters registering 76 deer taken during the two days.

Archery deer hunting continues through November 9 and again from November 21 through January 15, 2019. Up next for deer hunting in Missouri is the November portion of firearms deer season, which runs November 10-20. That will be followed by the late youth portion of firearms deer season on November 23-25. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs November 30 – December 2. Lastly the alternative methods portion will run December 22 – January 1, 2019.

Get more information on deer hunting in Missouri through MDC’s free 2018 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet available where permits are sold, from MDC regional offices and nature centers, and online at