Young MO hunters harvest 2,881 deer in late youth portion of deer hunting season

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. (Source: MDC)
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. (Source: MDC)

(KBSI) – The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that young hunters harvested 2,881 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2022 deer hunting season.

The youth portion was from Nov. 25-27. Young hunters are ages 6-15.

Of the 2,881 deer harvested, 1,302 were antlered bucks, 322 were button bucks, and 1,257 were does, according to MDC.

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

Last year’s harvest total for the late youth portion was 3,534, with 1,498 being antlered bucks, 390 button bucks, and 1,646 does.

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, according to MDC.

This year’s harvest total was slightly below average. However, rain moved through portions of the state Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Tap here to see current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer.

Tap here to view harvest summaries from past years.

Archery deer season runs through Jan. 15, 2023. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 3-11 (in open counties) followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 24 through Jan. 3, 2023.

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