MISSOURI – This is a great time of year. The trees are changing colors, bugs are disappearing, the air is brisk, and it’s deer hunting season.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) released deer harvest numbers from young hunters ranging in ages of 6 through 15. They shot a total of 18,158 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2019 deer hunting season this past weekend.

MDC Agent Tammy Cornine said the weather this past weekend was great for the young hunters and the MDC has many events for kids to learn how to hunt.

Nathan Nichols from Richmond Missouri shot an eight point buck in Ray County during youth deer hunting weekend.

Nathan Nichols from Richmond shot an 8 point buck Saturday morning in Ray County.

Cornine explained their youth hunting programs are geared towards teaching kids about wildlife and getting them outdoors to enjoy nature.

Missouri kids shot around 5 thousand more deer this year than last. Nathan said nothing beats being outdoors and being with his dad. Nathan’s eight-pointer weighed in at 167 lbs.

 

 

Cornine said the MDC works hard to come up with hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities to bring awareness and skill to children so they can enjoy nature. She said there is more competition for kids attention today with computers, video games, and tablets.

Nathan explained the moments leading up to his deer harvest. Cornine talked about MDC youth involvement.

 

The outdoors is not only about the hunt and kill. Nathan said the best part is spending time with his dad.

“Getting to spend time with my dad is what I enjoy the most,” Nathan said.  “Sometimes we’ll just sit and read out of the Bible and enjoy the nature.”

The three counties that tagged the most were Osage with young hunters bringing in  381 deer, kids in Howell shot 355 deer, and Franklin kids shot 351.

This Saturday, Nov. 9, The MDC will have a youth class on how to skin and butcher deer. The next youth portion of deer hunting is Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. For more information you can log onto the MDC website.