Missouri’s Late Youth Portion of Deer Season Totals Released
MDC reports young hunters harvested 2,881 deer during the late youth portion Nov. 25-27. Pictured is 8-year-old Alex Drew who harvested his second buck during firearms deer season in Chariton County. (Photo provided by Missouri Department of Conservation.)

Youth hunters harvested 2,881 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2022 deer hunting season, down by over 600 from last year. Preliminary data issued by the Missouri Department of Conservation shows 1,302 were antlered bucks, 322 were button bucks and 1,257 were does.

Top counties for the late youth portion were Lincoln with 82 deer harvested, Franklin with 65, and Osage with 52.

Harvest totals for the late youth portion over the past several years have ranged from about 2,000 deer to just under 4,000 deer.

Locally, Caldwell County had 26; Clinton 12; Daviess 41; DeKalb County 16; Gentry 28; Grundy 12; Harrison 45; Livingston 26; Mercer 23; Nodaway 29; and Worth 16.

Archery deer season runs through January 15th. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs December 3rd through the 11th in open counties followed by the alternative methods portion December 24th through January 3rd.

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