Mo. Dept. of Conservation reports final deer harvest for season

MDC reports the final deer harvest for the season was 299,721. Among the hunters was 6-year-old...
MDC reports the final deer harvest for the season was 299,721. Among the hunters was 6-year-old Andrew Berger who harvested his first deer Nov. 12 in Cass County.(Missouri Department of Conservation)
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 2:46 PM CST
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MISSOURI (KFVS) - The 2022-23 deer hunting season ended January 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation reporting a preliminary total deer harvest for the season of 299,721.

According to MDC, of the deer harvested, 140,736 were antlered bucks, 27,029 were button bucks and 131,956 were does.

They said the top harvest counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with 6,471 deer harvested, Callaway with 5,438 and Jefferson with 4,966.

The department reports hunters harvested 295,143 deer during the 2021-22 season with 143,815 being antlered bucks, 26,750 being button bucks and 124,573 being does.

You can click here to check deer and turkey harvest totals.

Archery deer results

Preliminary data from MDC showed that hunters checked 56,525 deer during the 2022-23 archery deer season.

According to MDC, top counties for the archery deer season were Jefferson with 1,391 deer harvested, Franklin with 1,182 and St. Louis with 1,068.

They said hunters checked 59,498 deer during the 2021-22 archery deer season.

Archery turkey results

According to MDC, fall archery turkey hunting also ended Jan. 15.

They said preliminary data showed 2,446 turkeys harvested.

Top counties for the fall archery turkey season were Macon with 73 turkeys harvested, Franklin with 66 and Greene with 66.

The MDC said turkeys harvested 2,516 turkeys during the 2021-22 season.

Hunting incidents

The MDC reported two firearms-related hunting incidents during deer and turkey season with both being non-fatal and being self-inflicted.