Missouri firearms hunters slay fewer deer this year than last year

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | 1:13 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Missouri hunters bagged 188,205 whitetailed deer during the first firearms season that ended Tuesday, with 41 percent of those being antlered bucks.

The number is down from 2009, when 193,155 deer were checked in by the end of the regular firearms season.

In November, Boone County firearms hunters killed 2,030 deer including 808 antlered bucks, 315 button bucks and 907 does. That brings the total number of deer killed this fall in Boone County to 2,798.

Lonnie Hansen, a deer biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said nearly 500,000 hunters spend more than $750 million annually to hunt deer in the state. Deer hunting delivers more than $1 billion worth of business in the state and supports 11,000 Missouri jobs, Hansen said.

Firearms hunters can still kill antlerless deer through Dec. 5; another round of archery hunting begins Nov. 24 and lasts through Dec. 15; and the muzzleloader portion of the season begins Dec. 18 and ends Dec. 28.

The second firearms youth weekend will be Jan. 1 and 2.

The Conservation Department reported nine firearms-related accidents during the firearms season, eight of which were self-inflicted. No fatalities were reported.

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Ramon Mercader November 24, 2010 | 5:19 p.m.
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