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WORTH COUNTY, Mo. – A father and son found an elk antler attached to a skull plate while they were fishing in Worth County, Missouri.

Sam Clarkson and his dad Ben found the antler while they were fishing on Sowards Ford Access on the Grand River.

The Missouri Department of Conservation said “an MDC agent issued a Wildlife Disposition for the pair to legally keep the antler, which is required for any antlers still attached to the skull plate.”

Hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 3,477 during the late youth portion of the 2021 deer hunting season, according to MDC.

This portion of the season is from November 26 to November 28. Of the total number of deer harvested, 1,470 were antlered bucks, 383 were button bucks, and 1,624 were does. Last year’s harvest total for the late youth portion was 3,967 with 1,467 being antlered bucks, 524 button bucks, and 1,976 does.

The Top counties for the late youth portion were Osage with 86 deer harvested, Franklin with 82, and Miller with 68.