Wednesday, February 18, 2009

MISSOURI NEWS: Deer Harvest Down 21% Versus 2007

During the 2008 firearms season, Missouri hunters took 238,819 deer.

In Taney County, the count was down by 67 compared to last year’s total of 2,278.

In Stone County, the count was up 112 for a total of 1,203 deer harvested.

Quinten Fronterhouse, Missouri Department of Conservation’s Taney County conservation agent, said it was pretty much an average season for both counties.

“The first day of the season was slow,” Fronterhouse said. “As the season progressed we had more hunters getting out and I did see more big bucks taken from the area.”

He said the number of deer hunters in southwest Missouri has declined a bit over the past couple of seasons and attributes that to the unlimited number of antlerless permits available to hunters in counties to the north.

“More hunters are going north for bigger deer,” Fronterhouse said.

Deer hunters are allowed one antlerless permit in Stone and Taney counties.

Fronterhouse said even though the harvest numbers were down by 67 in Taney County this past season, it was still considered a successful harvest.

“With less hunters, our buck population in both counties is reaching a higher age class and that is making for better quality deer,” he said.

Source: BransonDailyNews

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