Deer Season

This Year's Deer Harvest Ahead Of 2013 - Franklin County Second Most

Deer checked during the antlerless portion of firearms hunting season put the total harvest above last year’s figure. (Photo by Kyle Quick)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– Hunters checked 9,107 deer during the antlerless portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season, bringing this year’s tally to 194,997.

Top harvest counties for the antlerless portion were Pike with 287 deer checked, Callaway with 283 and Macon with 257.

November Deer Harvest Up From Last Year

Hunters checked 167,205 deer during the 11-day November portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season. ( Photo Courtesy of MDC, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Building on a strong opening weekend harvest, Missouri hunters went on to check a total of 167,205 deer during firearms deer season Nov. 15 through 25. The number exceeds last year’s harvest of 157,273.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports the top harvest counties were Howell, with 3,418 deer checked; Franklin, with 3,338 and Texas, with 3,170.

Firearms Opening-Weekend Deer Harvest Tops 91,000 - Up by 30,000 from 2013

Mark Laune tagged this 10-pointer Saturday morning.  (Photo courtesy of Mark Laune)

Top harvest counties were Franklin, Howell, and Callaway.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that hunters checked 91,460 deer during the opening weekend of the 2014 November Portion of Firearms Deer Season this past weekend.

Top harvest counties for the opening weekend were Franklin with 1,839 deer checked, Howell with 1,793, and Callaway with 1,791.

Deer Hunters Prepare To Brave A Cold And Snowy Open Day - Expected 2-3 Inches

(Photo courtesy of MDC)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The National Weather Service in St Louis has issued a winter weather advisory for snow...which is in effect from 9 am Saturday until to midnight on Saturday.


Snow will develop over central Missouri Saturday morning and then expand into northeast Missouri and west central Illinois Saturday afternoon. Snow will then taper off from west to east Saturday evening.

Get Ready Weekend Opening Deer Season - MDC Says Deer On The Move With Cold Weather

As the temperature drops, deer are more active. The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages drivers to be alert for deer along roadways. (Photo courtesy of MDC - By: Noppadol Paothong)

COLUMBIA, Mo. — There are many strategies to deal with cold weather. For people, it could be sitting by a fire with a hot beverage. But for animals, such as deer, it is being more active.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urges drivers to use caution and to be alert for deer along roadways, especially in suburban areas.

According to MDC Wildlife Regional Supervisor John George, deer are less active in warm weather because they do not need to eat as much to maintain their body temperature. When there is a sudden drop in temperature, deer will start to move around more in search of food.