JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Conservation says the firearms deer hunting season got off to a big start over the weekend.
The department says hunters killed 91,236 deer statewide as of 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Of those, 52,304 were taken on opening day on Saturday. By Monday morning, the total reached 150,411 deer killed.
Hunters in Boone County have harvested 1,852 deer as of 9:42 a.m. Monday, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation's website. These numbers include 824 does, 251 button bucks and 777 antlered deer.
Callaway County leads the state in number of deer harvested with 2,713.
Vernon Archer, office manager for the Conservation Department's Springfield office, says the state was anticipating the weekend numbers would reach 100,000 deer by the end of Sunday.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the opening weekend total in 2009 was 86,202.
Deer season started Saturday, and we want you to send us a photo of yourself posing with your doe or buck. Save submissions@MyMissourian.com in your mobile phone and send us your pictures right after you take them, or e-mail them later to the same address.
Missourian reporter Caitlin Wherley contributed to this report.