I found an article in the September issue of Missouri Game and fish on page 30 & 31.
Missouri's Deer Resource
Missouri's deer population, according to Lonnie Hanson, deer biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, is bouncing along at about 900,000 animals, an increase of more than 50,000 deer over the last 10 years. Last year, Missouri hunterskilled 240,000 deer, and barring unusual weather, gun hunters including muzzleloaders will easily kill more than 200,000 deerthis year. In addition, meeting between automobiles and deer added another 8,000 to 9,000 deer to the total. Any way you cook it, this is a pile of meet.
That is the first paragraph the rest talks about managing it.
By the way where do you hunt at in MO? I hunt near Montgomery City.
I've hunted the Managed Deer Hunt for the Disabled at Truman Lake (Warsaw, MO.) for the past 3 years. I'll be hunting my own property this year, too (near Roseland, MO.). I've hunted both Benton County & Henry County. I also got invited to go hunt in Michigan this year, but I don't know if I'll be able to make it...