2014-15 Missouri Deer Season Summary & Population Status Report [PDF] June 10, 2015

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2014-15 Missouri Deer Season Summary & Population Status Report [PDF] June 10, 2015 Missouri Department of Conservation
     The 2014-2015 deer harvest of 256,753, was a 2% increase from 2013-14 and the second lowest statewide harvest since 2000. The statewide harvest total is a result of significant declines in central, northern, and western counties and increased harvest across portions of southeast and southwest Missouri compared to past ten years. Deer numbers have decreased over the past five years in many counties across central, northern, and western Missouri as a result of liberalized antlerless harvest opportunities coupled with significant hemorrhagic disease outbreaks in 2007, 2012, and 2013. Deer populations in many of these areas have fallen below acceptable levels as reflected by a decline in the portion of production landowners who state there are too many deer and an increasing portion of hunters who state there are too few deer. In 2014 the number of firearms antlerless permits was reduced in many counties to better meet deer population management goals and ensure that deer numbers are maintained at levels acceptable to the general public, production landowners, and hunters. The reduction in the availability of firearms antlerless permits resulted in 11% fewer firearms antlerless permits being issued in 2014-15. Additionally, for the first time since 2001, more antlered bucks were harvested than does. As a result of antlerless permit changes and hunters voluntarily reducing doe harvest, deer numbers in these areas should stabilize and in some areas increase over the next few years. ..

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