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Missouri hunters kill 204,000 deer during firearm season

November 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM

The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri hunters killed more than 204,000 deer during this month’s 11-day firearms deer hunt.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reported the deer harvest, which ran from Nov. 10 through Nov. 20, was strong in the southern part of the state but lower than normal in the north. Three people were killed in firearm-hunting incidents, and five people were injured.

Jim Low, a communication specialist with the Conservation Department, said the state and regional harvest figures mirrored a preseason forecast by resource scientist Jason Sumners, who predicted a poor acorn crop in southern Missouri would drive the numbers up.

Southern Missouri is heavily forested, so acorns are a large part of deer diets in the fall and winter. When acorns are scarce, deer are forced to move around more and they gather near food sources, making them easier for hunters to find.

The 204,668 deer shot during the firearms season were 7.7 percent more than last year but slightly below the 10-year average. Low said eight of the top 10 harvest counties were south of the Missouri River, and a ninth borders the river.

The decline in harvest numbers in the northern part of the state reflects a decline in the deer population over the past 10 years, Sumners said, while numbers are slowly rising in the south. Both of those trends are the result of conservation department efforts to maximize hunting opportunities while avoiding unacceptably high levels of property damage and deer-related auto accidents, he said.

Dave Carlisle, a conservation agent based in Buchanan County north of Kansas City, told the St. Joseph News-Press that fair weather had a negative impact on the deer hunt in the northern part of the state. Deer move around more in colder weather, he said, and are more accessible to hunters.

Carlisle said drought conditions led to hemorrhagic disease, or “bluetongue,” which thinned the population in some areas, while a third factor might be that hunters are finally stabilizing the region’s large deer population.

“In all sincerity, I think with our antlerless harvest, we’re finally leveling off and dipping into the herd,” Carlisle said. “If you’re someone who has hit two deer in your car, you’ll say we have too many deer. If you’re the hunter who hasn’t shot anything in two years, you’ll probably say we don’t have enough.”

Conservation officials said deer hunting contributes about $1 billion annually to state and local economies and supports more than 12,000 jobs in the state.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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