Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 88,843 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 16 and 17. Of the 88,843 deer harvested, 51,086 were antlered bucks, 8,115 were button bucks, and 29,642 were does.
From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state or enjoy watching bald eagles on your own.
I spend a lot of time in front of a computer pounding out outdoor article material. Last week proved to be one of my most enjoyable weeks ever. I became quite distracted by the multitude of posts on Facebook of youngsters posing with their deer they had taken during Missouri’s Youth Deer Season. Statewide the kiddos took over 18,000 deer, up about 5,000 from last year.
With the November portion of Missouri’s fall firearms deer season opening Saturday, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants hunters, landowners, and others to know key information about chronic wasting disease, or CWD. MDC is continuing its efforts this fall and winter to limit the spread of CWD in Missouri deer by finding new cases and slowing its spread to more deer or more areas.
I know I promised to write more about an old outdoorsman who passed away recently who had a great impact on my life. That will be the subject of next week’s column. Before the deer season, this needs to get out. Send this column to all the deer hunters you know.