Jefferson City, Mo. — Early numbers from the Missouri Department of Conservation show that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 2,556 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2018 deer hunting season.
The season lasted Nov. 23-25.
Of the 2,556 deer harvested, 1,140 were antlered bucks, 336 were button bucks and 1,080 were does.
The top counties for the late youth portion were Wayne with 47, Ripley with 46 and Franklin, Macon and Osage with each having 45 deer checked.
The 2017 harvest total for the late youth portion was 3,115 with 1,299 being antlered bucks, 453 button bucks and 1,363 does.
Archery deer hunting continues through Jan. 15, 2019. Up next for deer hunting in Missouri is the antlerless portion of firearms deer season, which runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
The alternative methods portion will run Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, 2019.