Missouri hunters bagged over 290,000 deer during the 2018-19 combined seasons. That’s about 6,000 more than last year.
Wildlife Biologist Jim Braithwaite says it may not seem like the seasons made much of a difference in areas like Lake of the Ozarks, where there’s not much access for hunters so fewer deer are bagged. That causes problems in areas like Horseshoe Bend and W on the north shore. Braithwaite says in the Village of Four Seasons they’re taking additional measures to thin the herd.
In addition, Braithwaite says they’ve also decided to leave archery season open during the same time as gun season for the coming year.
As for the total numbers from the seasons….of 290,339 total deer harvested, the Department of Conservation says 136,776 were antlered bucks. Hunters took over 123,000 does and more than 30,000 button bucks. More than 54,000 deer were killed during archery season.
Locally, Morgan County reported the largest deer harvest with 4,096, followed by Camden County with 3,304, and Miller County with 3,065.