The Missouri Department of Conservation estimates there are 1.4 million white-tailed deer in the state entering this hunting season. That estimate includes about 18,000 deer in Boone County compared with the 2008 estimate of 18,900. In 2008, firearms hunters in Boone County killed 3,146 deer. The agency estimates that deer hunting in Missouri generates $1.1 billion of business and supports more than 11,000 jobs annually.
Firearms season for deer opens Saturday
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