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      Missouri deer season totals are up

      Missouri's Conservation Department says hunters killed nearly 239,000 deer during the 2011-12 firearms hunting season.

      Officials say the season's total was up about 7,400 from the year before, but roughly 13,000 below the ten-year average.

      Deer biologist Jason Sumners says this year's departure from the average reflects a decline in deer populations in parts of Missouri.

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