The Missouri Department of Conservation announced that young hunters ages 6 through 15 checked just over 18,000 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of deer hunting seasons on November 1st and 2nd. Top counties for the early youth hunt were Osage with 448, Franklin with 393, and Howell with 376 deer checked. Carroll County tallied 121 total. Last year’s harvest for the early youth hunt was 18,676.

Antlered bucks accounted for nearly 11,500 of deer harvested, or about 63 percent. Button bucks accounted for almost 10 percent. Does accounted for roughly 27 percent.

Up next for deer hunting in Missouri is the November portion of firearms deer season running Nov. 15 through 25. This portion normally accounts for about 80 percent of the state’s firearms deer harvest. For complete harvest totals by county, follow this link to the conservation’s website.