Young hunters check 2,520 deer during Missouri late youth portion

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young deer hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 2,520 deer during Missouri's late youth portion of the 2015-2016 deer hunting season, which ran Jan. 2-3. Last year's late youth portion harvest total was 1,123.

Youth hunters harvested a combined total of 16,615 deer during the early and late youth portions. The top counties for the early and late youth portions combined were Franklin with 384, Osage with 376, and Howell with 323 deer checked. Last year's early and late youth harvest total for the 2014-2015 seasons was 19,415.

For 2015 harvest totals by county and season portion, visit the MDC website at under "Telecheck: Deer and Turkey Harvest Data." For past season numbers, visit the same link under "Deer Harvest Summaries."

Deer hunting continues for this season with statewide archery hunting through Jan. 15.

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. For more on Missouri deer hunting, go online to the MDC website at and click on Hunting/Trapping at the top of the home page.