Missouri’s wild game animals reacted differently to this year’s drought.The deer population is lower, but wild turkeys are thriving.
The drought led to an increase in hemorrhagic disease among Missouri’s deer.
The Missouri Department of Conservation, or MDC, estimates at least 5800 cases through Friday.
The drought also hurt acorn production, a favorite food for deer. And of course, water is more scarce.
All that means there are fewer deer this year.