Young hunters, ages 6 through 15, harvested 13,560 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2018 deer hunting season.
Top counties for the early youth portion were Howell with 350, Osage with 316, and Franklin with 263 deer checked. The Oct. 27-28 youth season saw a decrease in deer numbers. The 2017 harvest total for the early youth portion was 17,412 deer.
“Warm temperatures and gusty winds this weekend presented much more challenging hunting conditions compared to last year, but Missouri’s youth still pulled off a respectable harvest,” said Barb Keller, cervid program supervisor.
For the latest deer harvest totals by county and portion, visit MDC’s website.
Archery deer hunting continues through Nov. 9, and from Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, 2019. Up next for deer hunting in Missouri is the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 10-20.
That will be followed by the late youth portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 23-25. The antlerless portion of firearms.
More information on deer hunting in Missouri is available in the 2018 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.