MISSOURI

Deer Forecast 2004 -- MIDWEST

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Several harvest records were set last deer season, from the 290,000 total deer taken to the 19 percent increase in the muzzleloader harvest to the 13 percent jump in the archery kill. Missouri's deer herd holds steady at 1 million animals. This season 29 counties are under an antler restriction (four points to one side). "It's an attempt to shift harvest pressure from bucks to does and allow bucks to get older," explains Lonnie Hansen, Conservation Department resource scientist. Trophy bucks are most common in the hardwood hills north of the Missouri River. The popular urban bowhunts yield some exceptional bucks.