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Deer harvest numbers down for opening weekend in Missouri compared to 2019

Hunters harvested 80,525 deer.

Posted: Nov 16, 2020 12:52 PM

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) Fewer deer were killed during the opening weekend of the firearms season compared to last year.

Hunters harvested 80,525 deer. Last year, hunters checked 88,760 deer during the opening weekend.

Top harvest counties this year were Howell with 1,499 deer checked, Bollinger with 1,453, and Franklin with 1,446.

The firearms deer season runs through next Tuesday, Nov. 24. Archery deer season opens Nov. 25 through Jan. 15. Youth firearms season is 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.

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Temperatures are on the cool side this morning with lows in the 30s. A few areas of patchy frost will be possible in extreme NW Missouri this morning. Sunshine and mild temperatures will take over this afternoon with highs in the mid 60s. Saturday will start off dry and sunny with temperatures warming back into the mid 60s. Late Saturday into Sunday shower and thunderstorm chances return. A few thunderstorms could be on the strong to severe side. Several fronts will move through the area next week giving us roller coaster temperatures. Next week looks to start off dry but rain chances will return by mid week.
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