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Young hunters killed 13,000 deer in two days

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | 10:28 a.m. CST; updated 11:14 a.m. CST, Wednesday, November 4, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's young hunters have killed more than 13,000 deer this year.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says that's the second-highest total for youth hunters during a two-day season like that, which ended Sunday. Conservation officials said cool weather made deer more active and easier to see.

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The top counties for the year were Osage County with 318 deer, Franklin County with 295 and Callaway County with 240.

The Conservation Department reported one gun-related incident during this year's season. A 9-year-old hunter in northeast Missouri accidentally shot his 18-year-old brother in the leg while walking into a hunting blind.

The November portion of the gun season for deer runs Nov. 14 through Nov. 24. It accounts for about 80 percent of the deer that are taken.


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