MDC reports nearly 6,500 deer harvested during antlerless portion

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 6,491 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Dec. 2-4. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 213 deer harvested, Pike with 205, and Osage with 185.

MDC reduced the length of the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season starting in 2016 from 12 to three days so previous harvest numbers are not comparable to this season.

Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery deer hunting through Jan. 15 and the firearms alternative-methods portion Dec. 24 through Jan. 3, 2017.

Learn more about deer hunting from MDC at

Buy Missouri hunting permits from numerous vendors around the state, online at, or through the Conservation Department’s free mobile apps, Mo Hunting and Mo Fishing, available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.

For current, preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at

Missouri offers some of the best deer hunting in the country and deer hunting is an important part of many Missourians' lives and family traditions. Deer hunting is also an important economic driver in Missouri and gives a $1 billion annual boost to the state and local economies.