Hunters harvest 12,080 deer during MO alternative-methods portion

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 12,080 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 22 - Jan. 1. Of the total harvest, 3,081 were antlered bucks, 1,586 button bucks, and 7,413 does. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 304 deer harvested, Osage with 278, and Franklin with 263.

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The harvest total for last year’s alternative-methods portion was 10,027 with 2,830 being antlered bucks, 1,311 button bucks, and 5,886 does. For more on past-season harvest numbers, visit

Deer hunting continues for this season with statewide archery hunting through Jan. 15. For more information on deer hunting in Missouri, visit