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MDC Releases Final Deer Harvest Figures

Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reported the final deer harvest totals for the Archery Season and overall following the end of the Archery season on Saturday.

Missouri’s total deer harvest was 293,670 deer. That included 143,049 antlered bucks and 124,022 does. That figure is about 3,500 deer off of the 2020-21 deer harvest. The figure is 3 percent ahead of the 5 year average.

Deer hunting ended with the close of the archery season. Preliminary data from MDC showed that hunters checked 60,834 deer during the 2021-2022 archery deer season making it the third highest archery deer harvest on record. Top counties for the archery deer season were Jefferson with 1,563 deer harvested, St. Louis with 1,368, and Franklin with 1,274.

Hunters checked 67,487 deer during the 2020-2021 archery deer season. This year’s archery deer harvest total was 10% below last year’s record harvest and 8% higher than the previous five-year average.

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