Strong youth, muzzleloader and archery harvests pushed the total to nearly 300,000
Torrential rains, snow and sub-zero temperatures failed to deter Missouri hunters from posting the fourth-largest deer harvest ever, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The 2009-2010 deer season closed Jan. 15 with the end of archery hunting. Altogether, hunters checked 299,461 deer.
The firearms deer season got off to a good start as hunters bagged nearly twice