Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. Of the 94,977 deer harvested, 54,027 were antlered bucks, 9,535 were button bucks and 31,415 were does.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. Of the 94,977 deer harvested, 54,027 were antlered bucks, 9,535 were button bucks and 31,415 were does.

Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Howell with 2,095 deer checked, Franklin with 2,060 and Texas with 1,855.

Last year hunters checked 96,131 deer during the opening weekend of the 2016 November portion of firearms deer season.

The November portion of fall firearms deer seasons continues through Tuesday, Nov. 21. Archery deer season opens again Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Monday, Jan. 15. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs Friday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 26. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3, and the alternative methods portion will run Saturday, Dec. 23 to Tuesday, Jan. 2.

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, providing a $1 billion annual boost to the state and local economies.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county and type of deer, visit the MDC website at http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew . For harvest summaries from past years, visit http://on.mo.gov/2fyMaBN .