2013 Missouri Rifle Hunting Opening Weekend


With the weather not cooperating on opening weekend Missouri’s deer harvest was down for the second year in a row.  Last year was a 20 year low for Missouri’s deer harvest with 69,614 deer and this year is 12 percent lower at 61,446. MDC states that this is not to alarming however considering that last years numbers averaged out for the whole year too rank as the third most successful year ever, and they expect the same trend to continue in this years harvest.  Lower numbers were somewhat expected due to high acorn numbers and a lower overall deer population.  The bottom line is that opening weekend more myself much like many people through out the Midwest was a major let down.  I had some luck as I had the opportunity to harvest a bobcat on Sunday morning which is a first for myself.  It sure would of been nice to have a nice frost and calm morning instead of 50 mile an hour winds and spring like weather that enticed the beads of sweat out of most hunters.



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