The preliminary data is in from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and it shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 15,591 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2020 deer hunting season, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Top counties were Franklin with youth hunters harvesting 336 deer, Howell with 324, and Osage with 320. In the KMMO listening area the top counties were Pettis with 159, Saline with, 144 and Chariton with 131. In Carroll County, 116 deer were harvested, followed by Cooper with 110, Howard with 94 and Lafayette with 75. View additional harvest numbers for the 2020 early youth portion at https://extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/. Last year, youth hunters harvested 18,289 deer during the early youth portion.
Missouri’s deer archery season continues through Nov. 13 and resumes Nov. 25 through Jan. 15, 2021. The November portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 14-24 followed by the late youth portion Nov. 27-29. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 4-6 followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2021. MDC encourages hunters who will have their deer professionally processed to check with meat processors about their availability to process deer this fall. Some meat processors around the state are reporting higher-than-normal business and may not be accepting deer for processing or will have significant delays in processing deer. [full article]