Hunters in Missouri killed 8,000 more deer during the 2014-15 season than the previous season.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says 260,552 deer were killed in the season that ended Thursday, outpacing last season's totals.

Hunters killed 51,755 deer just during the current archery season. The most deer were killed in Jefferson, St. Louis and Franklin counties during the archery season.

The archery season for turkey also ended Thursday and 2,587 birds were killed. Last season tallied 2,546. The 2014 spring and fall turkey totals were 55,878.

The department says there were four hunting-related deaths during the deer season. The deaths involved a fall from a tree stand, a heater explosion inside a deer blind, a heart attack and a shooting wound from another hunter.