The Missouri Department of Conservation tallied the numbers for the amount of deer harvested in the state and they say Northeast Missouri saw a decrease.
15 Northeast Counties reported harvesting more than 31,000 deer, but it's almost 2,000 deer less than last year.
A majority of the counties harvested less deer this year, but conservation officer Chris Grotee says the disease didn't have anything to do with this year's numbers.
"I don't think the Chronic Wasting Disease had anything to do with the harvests specifically. The bluetongue disease, I don't think it did either. Generally our research from our deer biologist Jason Sumners reports normally in a herd population the decrease follows the disease by 2 or 3 years," said Pike County Conservation agent Chris Grotee
Clark and Sullivan counties were the only ones in Northeast Missouri to have an increase in deer's harvested.
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