Missouri Hunters Kill More than 204,000 Deer

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A monster buck killed in Missouri in 2012.
The firearms deer season lasted only eleven days, but Missouri hunters were able to kill 204,688 deer this year -- the biggest in four years, and a 7 percent uptick from last year.

(And yes, we prefer the verb "kill" over the euphemism "harvest"; as Bob Priddy of Missourinet recently blogged, "A Deere harvester is a machine. A deer hunter is a killer.")

To give you an idea of how many deer the number 204,688 represents: If those dead deer were Cardinals fans, they would fill Busch stadium four times, with some still standing outside. Well, not "standing," because they'd be dead. This is an awkward analogy.

The counties with the biggest kill numbers (Howell, Texas and Benton) lay in Missouri's southern half, which is what state biologists predicted would happen. Down there, the land is thick with forest. Deer like the forest because they eat a lot of acorns.

However, the drought made acorns scarce this year. So that kept the deer on the move, and forced them to crowd around acorn-rich spots. Which, in turn, made them easier to hunt.

If you're not a hunter, you might find all this uninteresting. However, it's a big deal, economically. Quoth the Missouri Department of Conservation:

Deer hunting contributes approximately $1.1 billion annually to the state and local economies and supports more than 12,000 jobs in Missouri.

That's deer hunting, mind you; if you swerve to smash deer with your car, that doesn't count, and you'd not be helping the economy grow.

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13 comments
NewsDog
NewsDog

We probably shot that many on opening day here in Texas, and the season is two months. I got mine this past Sunday.  

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

@Davis I highly doubt you live in a part of the country where everyone's a vegetarian.

Aaron Deane
Aaron Deane

wow we shud all b wearin the pelts around...maybe itd help control our stupid people population

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

wow! and i'd never miss judging arrogant douchebags like davis that can't take ANY joke regarding the golden boy messiah.

Davis Dunavin
Davis Dunavin

These comments are making me miss living in Missouri. I never thought I'd miss crazy, offensive racist redneck republicans, gun culture, meat culture, all that. But weirdly, I do. Get me back to a red state for Christmas :(

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"@steve. That post has no relevance to this article whatsoever. Quit being salty about the elections" courtney, please remove the huge stick that is up your butt. it was a joke. jesus. maybe YOU should get over the elections.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

Im sure human sex offender jerky would be delightful...I wouldnt eat it.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

Id rather bag 200,000 plus sex offenders in the area than deer, when can we kill the real ones that need to die??

Brad Woods
Brad Woods

What's not funny is how this prick can do no wrong. You think because the election is over it's time to put the blindfold on? Not happening!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

that's almost as many obama voters that will buy powerball tickets this morning that i will get stuck in line behind.

Brad Woods
Brad Woods

Now this is a delicious post! ;)

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