deer harvest

2012 Nodaway County deer harvest down 24 percent

by  |  published on November 27, 2012

Hunters shot 204,668 deer during the November portion of Missouri’s firearms season, topping statewide harvest numbers recorded over the past four years.

However, eight of the 10 top harvest counties were south of the Missouri River, and a ninth, Callaway, borders the river and contains large tracts of woodland. Only Macon County in northeast Missouri bucked the trend of generally lower deer-kill numbers in the northern part of the state.

Nodaway County followed the trend of significantly lower numbers of deer taken across northwest Missouri, a decline tied to unseasonably warm weather, which kept animals from moving around, and a cold, rainy Sunday on opening weekend.

Local hunters tagged 1,739 animals during the 2012 November firearms season, which lasted Nov. 10-20. That was 550 fewer than the 2,289 deer killed in 2011 for a decline of 24 percent.

The Nodaway hunt breakdown included 761 antlered bucks, 223 button bucks and 755 does. That compares to to 1,118 bucks killed during firearms season in 2011, a harvest that also included 227 button bucks and 944 does.

Statewide the harvest rose 7.7 percent over last year and was only 1.3 percent below the previous 10-year average. Top harvest counties were Howell with 4,037, followed by Texas with 3,916 and Benton with 3,756.

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