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MDC reports final deer harvest 283,940, archery turkey harvest 2,426

Top deer harvest counties were Howell with 6,182 deer harvested, Franklin with 5,957, and Texas with 5,619.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri's 2017-2018 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 283,940 deer. Top counties for the overall season were Howell with 6,182 deer harvested, Franklin with 5,957, and Texas with 5,619. Of the 283,940 deer harvested, 135,891 were antlered bucks, 30,538 were button bucks, and 117,511 were does. Hunters harvested 263,834 deer during the 2016-2017 deer hunting season.

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I am headed to. CWD meeting tonight, one of the new positives was only a couple miles away so I got the letter about getting additional tags or allowing MDC to bait/shoot.  I suspect that the number of land owners who voluntarily sign up for deer removals for testing is gonna be low, however will see what they have to say.  I don't have much acreage, and the deer monsters live on neighbors property, they just come over to eat wheat and get shot.

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