MDC reports young hunters culled 3,477 deer in youth’s last game Ozark Radio News


JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters between the ages of 6 and 15 harvested 3,477 deer during the latter part of the Missouri youth of the 2021 deer hunting season, from 26 to November 28. Of the 3,477 deer slaughtered, 1,470 were antler bucks, 383 were bucks and 1,624 were hinds.

The main counties for the late youth portion were Osage with 86 deer slaughtered, Franklin with 82 and Miller with 68.

Justin Shelby second half of November

Last year’s harvest total for the late youth portion was 3,967, of which 1,467 antler males, 524 bud males and 1,976 males.

“After a blustery and cold Thanksgiving day, we had lovely conditions for our young hunters to be in the woods during the three day late youth portion,” said Jason Isabelle, MDC Cervid Program Supervisor. “This year’s harvest total was the second highest on record and almost 20% above the five-year average. “

For current preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and deer type, visit the MDC website at

For summaries of past years’ harvests, visit

The archery deer season runs until January 15, 2022. The antlerless portion of the firearm deer season runs from December 4 to 12, followed by the alternative methods portion of December 25. until January 4, 2022.

Find more information on deer hunting in the MDC’s 2021 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Information Booklet, available where permits are sold and online at


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