JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFTK) - Although the numbers from the opening weekend of deer season in Missouri were a bit lower than year's past, it was still a very successful hunt for one man in the state.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shared a photo of 97-year-old Robert McGrath and the 9-point buck he bagged earlier this week.
"His family sent us the pic and says he has inspired and encouraged many generations of hunters, anglers, shooting sports enthusiasts, and nature lovers," the MDC stated. "They find it quite incredible that he can continue to go out and enjoy one of his lifelong passions. No matter what your age, you can still get out and enjoy the outdoors, and bragging rights!"
McGrath is also a Marine veteran who fought in WWII, according to the MDC and he will turn 98 next month.
Missouri harvested 80,525 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 14 and 15. Of the 80,525 deer harvested, 48,695 were antlered bucks, 6,867 were button bucks, and 24,963 were does.
Last year, hunters checked 88,760 deer during the opening weekend in November. MDC says poor weather during much of the weekend affected this year’s harvest total.
The November portion of firearms deer season continues through Nov. 24. Archery season resumes Nov. 25 through Jan. 15, 2021. The late youth portion runs. Nov. 27-29. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 4-6 followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2021.