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Opening weekend of firearm deer season puts up good numbers

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Saturday opened deer firearm season in Missouri. According to a Missouri conservation agent many hunters hit the woods this weekend.

Conservation Agent Ken West says in Cape Girardeau County alone, 300 people checked in a deer harvest on Saturday.

The weekend numbers were good as well.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, in 16 Southeast Missouri counties 6,619 deer were harvested, as of 1 p.m. Sunday.

The largest numbers by county were:

-Bollinger County - 1,062

-Wayne County - 1,054

-Perry County - 695

Agents say as of early Sunday afternoon, hunters harvested more than 72,855 deer in the state.

The largest numbers in the state by county were:

-Howell County - 1,411

-Texas County - 1,305

-Pike County - 1,297

Agent West also says hunters are taking advantage of registering for deer tags online.  However, he says, when you print out the tag there is not the sticker like material that allows a hunter to attach it to the deer.

West says to notch the online hunting permit with the date and month the deer is killed, put the permit into a plastic baggie, and then wrap it around the deer's leg.

Friday night Conservation Agents in Cape Girardeau County did catch a couple of people spot-lighting and then killing deer. West says Saturday night agents were patrolling and there were some citations issued for illegal kills.

Agent West tells Heartland News spot-lighting is considered poaching and is illegal. "It's illegal. It's not safe and it damages hunting relation with land owners," said West.  "One of the messages we are trying to get across, those folks we don't consider hunters, they are poachers."

To solve some poaching problems West says agents will be out in force this firearm season during the day and at night.

Next weekend Illinois will open up its deer firearm season.

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