Fewer deer kills during opening weekend compared to previous year

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | 5:31 p.m. CST; updated 7:36 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — Deer hunters in Missouri killed 69,614 deer on opening weekend of the firearms season compared with 89,728 last season.

The opening weekend tally in Boone County was 532 deer: 266 antlered bucks, 62 button bucks and 204 does.

The Boone County total had risen to 1,896 by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday according to real-time reports mapped by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The latest numbers can be seen here.

Howell County in southern Missouri had the highest numbers in the state, reporting 3,324 total deer kills as of Tuesday afternoon. On opening weekend alone, hunters in Howell County killed 1,464 white-tailed deer.

An outbreak of chronic wasting disease in Macon County has given rise to new regulations, increasing the number of permits handed out in the county. Through Tuesday, hunters had killed 2,788 total deer there, including 1,299 last weekend.

Archery and firearms hunters in Boone County had killed 1,896 total deer this season through 7:30 p.m. Tuesday: 755 antlered bucks, 901 does and 240 button bucks.

In 2011, firearms and archery hunters statewide killed a total of 274,794 deer.

Sunday, there was one report of a non-fatal accident. In Osage County, a hunter in a camouflage blind was shot by another hunter in the left leg. There have been no other reports of hunting accidents, said Jim Low with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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