First Weekend Harvest Tops 91,000 Deer

Douglas County checks 1,000 deer on opening weekend.
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that hunters checked 91,460 deer during the opening weekend of the 2014 November Portion of Firearms Deer Season this past weekend. Top harvest counties for the opening weekend were Franklin with 1,839 deer checked, Howell with 1,793, and Callaway with 1,791.
Last year’s firearms opening weekend deer harvest was 61,446. Other recent prior-year harvest totals for firearms opening weekend were: 2012: 69,614; 2011: 89,728, 2010: 97,856, and 2009: 86,202.
Local county harvests were also up for opening weekend.  Douglas County harvested 1,000 deer last weekend.  That was up 363 deer from opening weekend in 2013. Christian County checked 587, Ozark County checked 982, Webster County checked 828, and Wright County checked 842 for opening weekend.
For 2014 harvest totals by hunting portion and county, visit mdc.mo.gov/node/29442.
MDC also reports that there were three deer-hunting incidents over the weekend with two being fatal. One fatality was in Ste. Genevieve County where a heater in a hunting blind exploded, killing the hunter. The second involved a fall from a tree stand in Crawford County. A third non-fatal incident involved a hunter in Phelps County shooting himself in the leg while loading his rifle.