CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Deer hunters, this season you can pull out your smart phone to help keep track of the deer you've harvested.
It's called "MO Hunting" and it acts as a central hub for hunters during deer season.
The app will hold your conservation number, a place where you can purchase a permit and most importantly a way for hunters to check deer right from your phone.
Ben Stratton, from the conservation department, said the goal of the app is make it easier for hunters.
"The MO hunting app is very beneficial because in years prior people would have to have a paper copy of their permit," Stratton said. "As soon as they kill their deer, they'll have to notch the permit and attach it to the deer. With regulations changed, they don't have to attach the permit anymore."
Missouri Conservation said there will be more deer this season.
In years past, deer had to suffer through hot, dry summers, which caused more stress on them, leading to more dying off.
Conservationists say the deer population got a break this year with more cooler than average weather and plenty of food.
Deer populations in southeast Missouri has been very stable over the last several years," Stratton said. "Hunters shouldn't have any troubles finding an opportunity to harvest a deer this year."
Conservationist say one reason why more deer are around is because more acorns are around.