Numbers were down more than 30 percent for this past alternative-methods portion of firearms deer season.
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation showed that there were 9,965 deer killed Dec. 25, 2021 to Jan. 4. Top harvest counties were Osage with 223 deer harvested, Franklin with 211 and Callaway with 201.
The harvest total 2020's alternative-methods portion was 14,623.
The season limit is one antlered deer for all portions of the firearms deer season while an antler-point restriction applies in some counties, according to MDC.
Allowed alternative methods include:
Muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms, .40 caliber or larger and capable of firing only a single projectile at one discharge; in-lines and scopes are allowed.
Multiple-barreled muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms and/or muzzleloading or cap-and-ball handguns, including revolvers, .40 caliber or larger, are allowed and may be carried in addition to a muzzleloading or cap-and-ball rifle.
Centerfire pistols or revolvers using expanding-type bullets, such as lead or copper
Air-powered firearms, .40 caliber or larger, charged only from an external high compression power source (external hand pump, air tank, or air compressor)
Longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows of any draw wright; hand-held string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes, and quickpoint sights are allowed.
Atlatls, which are defined as a rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet in length.
Archery deer season runs through Jan. 15.
For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.
Sara Karnes is an Outdoors Reporter with the Springfield News-Leader. Follow along with her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @Sara_Karnes. Got a story to tell? Email her at email@example.com.
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