Missouri's 2017-2018 deer-hunting season and the Fall archery turkey season both ended on January 15. The Missouri Department of Conservatoin have released the final numbers.

A preliminary total harvest of 283,940 deer were reported with Howell, Franklin and Texas as the top counties. Of the 283,940 deer harvested across the state, 135,891 were antlered bucks, 30,538 were button bucks, and 117,511 were does. Hunters harvested 263,834 deer during the 2016-2017 deer hunting season.

Fall archery turkey hunting also ended January 15 with the numbers being up from last year. Preliminary data from MDC showed 2,426 turkeys harvested. Top counties for the archery turkey season were Phelps with 73 birds harvested, Texas with 63, and Laclede with 58. For the previous year, hunters harvested 2,304 turkeys.

Missouri is a a great place to hunt deer and turkey. For more information, go online to huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/.

Chris Williams

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