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Firearms Deer Season Opening This Weekend in Missouri

Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation.

With the most popular weekend for most Missouri deer hunters coming up on November 13 and 14, the Missouri Department of Conservation says deer numbers look good and reminds hunters of key regulations.

The second weekend in November marks the opening of this year’s November portion of the firearms deer season, which runs November 13-23.

According to MDC, the opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season is the most popular two days for most deer hunters in Missouri.

Hunters typically harvest between a quarter to a third of the state’s total annual deer harvest during those two days.

Hunters harvested a total of 297,214 deer during the 2020-21 deer season.

Of that total, 80,744 were taken during the opening weekend of the November portion, about 27 percent of the total harvest.

According to MDC, this season’s harvest should be higher than average due to increasing deer numbers across most of the state coupled with increased firearms antlerless permit availability in many counties and an extension of the antlerless portion.

Missouri’s archery deer and turkey season continues through November 12 and resumes November 24 through January 15, 2022.

The November portion of firearms deer season runs November 13-23, followed by the late youth portion November 26-28.

The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs December 4-12, followed by the alternative methods portion December 25 through January 4, 2022.

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