Firearm deer harvest up 10 percent from 2016 so far

Henrietta Strickland
November 15, 2017

Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Howell with 2,095 deer checked, Franklin with 2,060 and Texas with 1,855.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 11 and 12.

DNR officials say preliminary results through last weekend show the deer harvest is up 10 percent from previous year.

In Zone 1 of northeast Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 25 percent. "Getting more corn out of the fields and a bit drier weather likely helped".

Of the deer harvested over the firearms season, 54 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent in 2016.

Hunters harvested almost 94,977 deer.

"The ratio of bucks to does has changed", said Craig Engwall, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

Based upon the number of antlerless permits available and the number of permit areas that allow multiple deer to be taken, the DNR is projecting hunters this year will kill about 200,000 deer between the archery, firearm and muzzleloader seasons.

"We haven't done a large sampling in a few years now, so we wanted to get some more samples at least in the landscape around here to have a better understanding if the disease is present, or if it's not present, in these counties around us", said Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Biologist Ron Lichtie. The season in Northeastern Minnesota continues through Sunday.

North Dakota's deer gun season opened at noon Friday and continues through Sunday, Nov. 26. Minnesota's muzzleloader season begins Saturday and continues through December 10.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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