MISSOURI — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has released their hunting numbers and injury report for the 2019-2020 deer hunting season.
Preliminary deer numbers are at 285,483. Of those, 133,914 were antlered bucks, 27,931 were button bucks, and 123,638 were does.
Last hunting season, 290,224 deer overall were checked in Missouri, with 136, 851 of those being antlered bucks, 30,113 were button bucks, and 123,260 were does.
The MDC said there were six-related firearm hunting accidents during the fall deer and turkey season. One of those resulted in a fatality. Seventeen- year-old Andrew Howe, of rural Baring, was reportedly not wearing an orange vest when his grandfather accidentally shot him in the head. Howe was a senior at Knox County High School. Four people while hunting suffered self-inflicted injuries.
Top counties for harvest were Franklin with 6,247 deer checked, Callaway had 5,703, and Texas tagged 5, 157.
Hunters checked just over 61,000 deer during the archery season. Top Counties for archery were Jefferson with 1,604 deer tagged, Franklin with 1,294, and St. Louis with 1,227.
This year’s fall archery hunting season also ended Jan. 15. The MDC said 2,406 turkeys were harvested.
Hunters harvested 2,055 turkeys during the 2018 fall archery turkey season.
For more turkey harvest information for the current season, go online to extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/
For more harvest information on past turkey seasons, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey/turkey-reports/turkey-harvest-summaries-past-seasons
For more information on turkey hunting in Missouri, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey