Deer numbers down in Missouri urban hunting season

Thursday, October 13, 2011 | 8:18 a.m. CDT; updated 11:00 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 13, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri conservation officials said fewer deer were killed during this year's urban hunting season.

The season was started in 2003 to help control deer populations around St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and the Columbia and Jefferson City areas. Hunters can only kill deer without antlers during the season.

The Conservation Department said 570 deer were checked from Oct. 7 through Monday — slightly fewer than last year and roughly half the longer-term average.

Conservation officials attribute the lower numbers to warm weather and less deer activity. Greene County had the highest number of deer checked at 109, while Boone County was second with 89.

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