JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation reports over 96,00 deer were harvested during the white-tailed_deeropening weekend of the November firearms deer season. Of the 96,131 deer harvested, 55,753 were antlered bucks, 8,873 were button bucks, and 31,505 were does.

The top three counties in Missouri were Franklin with 2041, Howell with 1,950, and Texas with 1,939.

During the 2015 opening weekend for November firearms season hunters checked 93,896. “The November portion of fall firearms deer seasons continues through Nov. 22. Archery deer season opens again Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, 2016. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 25-27. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 2-4. Lastly the alternative methods portion will run Dec. 24- Jan. 3, 2017.”

For more information on preliminary harvest totals, visit the MDC website at http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew.