Miss. hunters faced stormy weather, smaller deer tally opening weekend

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Miss. hunters faced stormy weather, smaller deer tally opening weekend

Heavy rain and storms may have slowed down deer hunters during Missouri’s opening weekend of firearms deer season.

According to the conservation department, hunters killed 80,525 deer Saturday and Sunday — 8,235 fewer than last year’s opening weekend of firearms deer season.

Of the 80,525 deer killed over the weekend, 48,695 were antlered bucks, 6,867 were button bucks, and 24,963 were does.

Howell County hunters had the most success, with 1,499 deer killed, followed by Bollinger County with 1,453 and Franklin County with 1,446.

For current ongoing preliminary totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

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MDC noted that poor weather during much of the weekend affected this year’s hunter success. In many areas of the state, hunters dealt with rainy conditions on Saturday, particularly during the morning. Much of the southern portion of the state also was under a tornado watch during part of Saturday.

Although rain moved out by Sunday, hunters were greeted by strong, gusty winds for most of the day.

The November portion of firearms deer season continues through Nov. 24. Archery season resumes Nov. 25 through Jan. 15, 2021. The late youth portion runs 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.

Find more information on deer hunting from MDC’s 2020 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where hunting permits are sold and online at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZXv.

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