Callaway County in top three for early youth firearms deer season

With patience and guidance from his dad, Keever Schaning, age 6, harvested his first deer on his grandparent’s farm at Owensville, Mo., on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023. (Courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation)
With patience and guidance from his dad, Keever Schaning, age 6, harvested his first deer on his grandparent’s farm at Owensville, Mo., on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023. (Courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation)

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) released preliminary data for the early youth portion of firearms deer season Monday, with Callaway County placing in the top three in the state.

The early youth portion of the firearms deer season is for hunters 6-15. The early portion was on Oct. 28 and 29.

According to the MDC preliminary data, 11,227 total deer were harvested. Of the deer, 6,931 were antlered bucks, 858 were button bucks and 3,438 were does.

The top county this year for the early youth portion was Franklin County, which harvest 261 deer.

Second place was Osage County, with 229 deer.

Callaway County came in third, with 229 deer harvested.

This is the same amount of deer harvested in the 2022 early youth firearms portion. Callaway County did not place in the top three counties last year.

The total amount of deer harvested during this portion was higher in 2022, with 13,877 harvested.

"Although the rain this past weekend was desperately needed given how dry it's been this year throughout much of the state, it did put a damper on the early youth portion," Jason Isabelle, MDC cervid program supervisor, said in a release.

Archery deer season continues until Nov. 10, and will resume again on Nov. 22 until Jan. 15.

Firearms deer season will be Nov. 11-21.

Late youth portion of deer season will be Nov. 24-26.

To learn more about Missouri deer hunting seasons, visit MDC's website.

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