JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri deer hunters reported killing more than 188,000 deer, which is down from the 193,000 checked last year.
The state Department of Conservation says the number of deer shot this year increased in northern counties but decreased in the south. Officials say there were a lot of acorns in the Ozarks, which meant that deer tended to be less active and remained in the woods. The most deer were checked in Benton, Howell and Macon counties.
Conservation officials say that nine people were injured in firearm related incidents. Of those, eight were self-inflicted. Three people fell from tree stands, and one person died from the fall.
The November portion of the gun deer season ended Tuesday. A gun season for deer without antlers runs until Dec. 5.
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