Friday, January 09, 2009
Hunters age 6 through 15
checked 12,172 deer during the two youth portions of Missouriís
firearms deer season.
Jefferson City, MO - infoZine - Young hunters
checked 1,772 deer during the final youth portion of Missouriís
firearms deer season, bringing the yearís youth harvest to 12,172
and the total firearms deer harvest to 238,319.
The 2008-2009 firearms deer hunting season was the first to offer
two youth hunting segments of two days each. This yearís youth
harvest fell 95 short of last yearís number, a decrease of less than
Top harvest counties during the late youth hunt were Macon, with
50 deer checked, Franklin with 42 and Osage with 38.
Missouri's first youth firearms deer hunt took place in 2001.
Hunters checked 6,277 that year. The youth harvest peaked in 2004,
when young hunters checked 13,466 deer. The only other year with a
larger youth harvest than this year was 2007, when hunters checked
The January youth hunt brought Missouriís 2008-2009 firearms deer
harvest to 238,819. That is 21,343, (8.2 percent) fewer than the
number of deer checked during the 2007 firearms deer season. The
Missouri Department of Conservation attributes the decrease to
several factors, including the implementation of minimum
antler-point restrictions in 35 new counties, an outbreak of
epizootic hemorrhagic disease in some areas, difficult hunting
conditions during some segments of the season and the success of
long-term efforts to reduce deer numbers in some areas.
Sixty-three percent of deer harvested during the final youth
segment Jan. 3 and 4 were does. Seventeen percent were button bucks,
and the remaining 20 percent were antlered deer.
The Conservation Department recorded one nonfatal
firearms-related hunting accident during the first youth portion of
firearms deer season and four nonfatal accidents during the November
Portion of Firearms Deer Season. This brings the number of accidents
during 2008-2009 firearms deer season to five, one more than were
recorded the past two years.