Hunters in Missouri harvested over 10,000 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms season.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says preliminary data shows that deer hunters throughout the state harvested 10,025 deer during the portion of the season which ran from December 23 - January 2.

Of the total harvest, 2,827 were antlered bucks, 1,312 button bucks, and 5,886 does.

The top harvest counties are Howell with 249 deer harvested, Franklin with 215, and Oregon with 214.

The harvest total for last year’s alternative-methods portion was 10,602 deer.

Deer hunting continues this season with archery hunting through January 15.

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