COLUMBIA — The Missouri Department of Conservation reported Wednesday that this year’s harvest of white-tailed deer was the fourth-largest in state history.
The season closed Friday with Missouri hunters checking a total of 299,461 deer during the 152 days of hunting, according to a department news release. Hunters took most of the deer during the November portion of the season. During those 10 days, 193,155 deer were checked with the department.
Despite the brutally cold weather that gripped Missouri for the past few months, every portion of the season was up from the previous season. Muzzleloader kills went up by 55 percent from last season, and youth kills went up by 44 percent. Both set new state records. Archers took 7,538 more deer than in 2008.
In Boone County alone, hunters took 2,002 does, 588 button bucks and 1,092 antlered bucks, totaling 3,682 deer. Boone County ranked No. 18 out of the 114 counties in Missouri. Texas County ranked first with 5,662 kills. For the most part, the counties with the highest harvest numbers were concentrated in the south-central region of the state.
For a full report of Missouri’s harvest numbers from the 2009-2010 season, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation Web site.