Hunting

Nearly 300,000 deer harvested during Missouri hunting season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The deer hunting season ended Saturday in Missouri with nearly 300,000 animals harvested, according to preliminary information from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

There were 293,670 deer taken during the deer hunting season, including 143,049 antler bucks, 26,559 button bucks and 124,022 does.

The total harvest represents a slight drop, 1.19%, from the 2020-21 deer hunting season, when 297,214 animals were taken, but remains about 3% above the five-year average, said the State Department of Conservation.

“We have seen an upward trend in deer harvest statewide for the past eight years or so,” the department’s deer program supervisor Jason Isabelle said in a statement. “The deer population has continued to increase across much of southern Missouri at the same time that we have seen population recovery in most counties affected by the severe hemorrhagic disease outbreak that occurred. in 2012.”

During the deer hunting season, 60,834 animals were taken during the archery season, the third record ever.

The fall archery turkey season also ended on Saturday with 2,523 turkeys harvested, a 7.4% increase over last year.

Four gun-related hunting incidents have been reported to the Department of Conservation during the deer hunting season. All were self-inflicted and one was fatal.