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November firearms deer harvest numbers are in

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

The numbers are in and preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation show that deer hunters in the state harvested 189,938 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, November 14-24.

This is up from 166,383 from the same season in 2014.

Of the 189,939 deer harvested, 92,020 were antlered bucks, 21,256 were button bucks and 76,662 were does.

Top harvest counties in the state were:

  • Texas with 4,544 deer checked
  • Howell with 4,046 deer checked
  • Franklin with 3,707 deer checked

"Good weather and plenty of deer activity likely are the reasons why there was an increase in deer harvest numbers during the November portion of the firearms deer season this year," MDC Deer biologist Jason Sumners said.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reported five firearms-related hunting incidents during the fall firearms portion. The five incidents involved self-inflicted firearm wounds. They include two in Butler County, one in Franklin County, one in Newton County and one in Howard County.

Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery deer hunting from November 25-January 15, 2016, firearms antler-less portion November 25-December 6 (some counties and county sections are closed to firearms hunting during this portion), firearms alternative methods portion December 19-29 and late youth portion January 2-3, 2016.

For more information please visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website by clicking here.

Missouri offers some of the best deer hunting in the country and deer hunting is an important part of many Missourians' lives and family traditions.

Deer hunting is also an important economic driver in Missouri and gives a $1 billion annual boost to the state and local economies.

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