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January 1, 2009

Hunters Check 15,036 Deer During Antlerless Season

JEFFERSON CITYó Hunters checked 15,036 deer during the Antlerless Portion of Firearms Deer Season December 13 through 21. That is down by almost 23 percent from last year (19,472). High winds, very cold weather conditions and considerable ice in many of Missouriís northern counties took a toll on this yearís antlerless harvest numbers. In addition, there were six fewer counties open during this yearís Antlerless Portion.

High counties during the 2008 Antlerless Portion were the same as in 2007. Hunters checked 527 deer in Macon County, 468 in Pike and 415 in Callaway.

Scotland County hunters saw their harvest decline from 305 last year to 283 in 2008. Clark County hunters checked in 204 deer (-101) while Knox County had 343 deer harvested (-77) and Schuyler County hunters bagged 156 deer (-40).

All 15 counties in the northeast Missouri recording district saw declines on harvest numbers. Pike County hunters checked in 133 less deer, the sharpest decrease. Overall 4603 deer were harvested in the district, down from 5,589 last year.

When added to the harvests during the Urban Portion of Firearms Deer Season (678), the November Youth Portion (10,400), the November Portion (200,679) and the Muzzleloader Portion (10,254), the Antlerless Portion harvest brings the 2008-2009 firearms deer harvest to 237,047, down by almost nine percent from 2007 (260,162).

Missouriís remaining 2008-2009 deer seasons are the Archery Season, which runs until January 15, and a portion of the Youth Season January 3 and 4.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recorded no firearms-related hunting incidents during the Antlerless Portion of Firearms Deer Season. It recorded four during the preceding segments. Two involved self-inflicted injuries. None were fatal.

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