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Missouri Youth Deer Harvest Dips 15 Percent

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Hunters age 6 through 15 harvested 10,400 deer during Missouri's Youth Portion of Firearms Deer Season Nov. 1 and 2. The youth harvest is 15 percent smaller than last year but 2 percent above the long-term average.
From Missouri Department of Conservation

-- Young hunters harvested 10,400 deer during Missouri's Youth Portion of Firearms Deer Season Nov. 1 and 2, putting the youth harvest slightly above average.

The Youth Portion began in 2001, when hunters age 6 through 15 took 6,277 deer. The harvest grew steadily during its first four years, peaking in 2004, when it peaked at 13,466.

This year's figure represents a 15-percent decrease from last year, but it is 2 percent more than the previous seven years' average of 10,163.

High counties during the youth hunt were Osage with 270 deer, Franklin with 222 and Gasconade with 210.

Next on Missouri's deer-hunting calendar is the November Portion of Firearms Deer Season Nov. 15 through 25. This portion normally accounts for approximately 80 percent of the state's firearms deer harvest.

Three other portions follow the November hunt. The Muzzleloader Portion runs from Nov. 28 through Dec. 7. The Antlerless Portion is Dec. 13 through 21, and the Late Firearms Youth Portion is Jan. 3 and 4.

Missouri also has an archery deer season that opens Sept. 15 and closes Jan. 15, with an 11-day hiatus during the November firearms deer season.

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