Deer hunters in Missouri killed 14,555 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, according to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Top harvesting counties were Franklin with 318 deer harvested, Callaway with 317 and Osage with 298.
Totals for other Central Missouri counties include Cole with 77, Boone with 168, Maries with 142, Miller with 163, Moniteau with 93 and Morgan with 237.
The statewide harvest total for last year's alternative-methods portion was 12,024.
The archery deer and turkey season runs through Jan. 15.