November 16, 2006
Opening Weekend Deer Hunting Harvest Climbs Higher In 2006
Better than expected weather helped hunters across the state of Missouri produce an improved deer harvest for the fall firearms seasonís opening weekend November 11th-12th. Statewide, hunters checked in 124,269 deer during the two days.
That is an increase of 17,724 deer from last yearís opener. The record opening weekend harvest was in 2004 when 133,136 deer were checked in for the opening weekend.
The Northeast Missouri District accounted for an increase of 3,114 deer from the 2005 totals jumping up to 23,149 deer this opening weekend. More than half of that total consisted of antlered bucks (10,297) with 3,363 button bucks harvested as well as 9,489 does.
Pike County led the region with a high total of 2,334 deer. Macon County had the next best total at 2,157 deer followed by Monroe County with 2,014 deer.
Scotland County hunters checked in 1,414 deer, up from 1,245 last season. That total consisted of 640 bucks, 190 button bucks and 584 does.
Other area totals were: Clark County 1,518 (+268); Adair County 1,680 (+296); Knox County 1,572 (+216); and Schuyler County 863 (+71).