Outdoors

Corps and NWTF to hold annual youth turkey hunt

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Stockton Lake and Cedar County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will accept applications now through March 10 for the 5th annual Youth Managed Turkey Hunt. Youth, ages 6-15, are invited to apply for one of 10 spots available in the youth turkey season hunt, scheduled for

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Pig disease on upswing in U.S.

Pork producers need to know what to do if a vesicular disease strikes their operation. The Seneca Valley virus (SVV) disease is on the upswing in the United States, says Corinne Bromfield, University of Missouri Extension veterinarian. The Swine Health Information Center reported that diagnostics labs had seen more than 60 cases of SVV from

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The Best Event of the Year

This week’s Lightnin’ Ridge nature question for all those master naturalists out there is… “Mountain lions do well when their number one food source, the white-tail deer is plentiful. Another mammal, which is steadily increasing, is a prey animal mountain lions would rather have than venison. Mountain lion numbers might rise in the Ozarks solely

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Weed Management Update Feb 22 at Butler

Dr. Kevin Bradley, MU Associate Professor of Weed Science, will present a Weed Management Update: Some Thoughts on 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22, in the Sheriff’s Conference Center, 13 W Dakota, Butler  He will discus  herbicide management strategies old and new, dealing with resistant weeds, palmer amaranth showing

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NIGHT OF THE BIG CAT Cont. from Last Week

I stood up and looked at my stinging, bleeding hands, and wet trousers and as I did, I heard the most horrible scream up on the ridge behind me, something awful and hideous and blood-chillin’-horrible in the gathering darkness. The cat was following me and he wanted me to know it. I was gosh-awful scared,

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Get 2017 hunting and fishing permits from MDC

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missouri hunters and anglers that related annual permits expire at the end of February, including 2016 permits for small game, fishing, trout fishing and combination hunting and fishing. Buy Missouri hunting and fishing permits from one of many vendors around the state, online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through MDC’s

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Springfield fisherman takes state-record

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that John Paul Morris of Springfield became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he shot a bigmouth buffalo in a private pond in Henry County using a bow and arrow. The new “alternative method” record bigmouth buffalo taken by Morris Jan. 21 weighed 57 pounds, 13

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Night of the Big Cat

by Larry Dablemont An Excerpt from my book, Little Home on the Piney, the true story of my father’s boyhood.       In November of 1938 I was eleven years old and soon to be twelve.  Pop showed me how to set a deadfall, and how to bait them and run up to 40

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MDC continues work to remove feral hogs from the landscape

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists on the feral hog strike team have tallied up numbers for 2016. The year yielded a total of 5,358 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies and private landowners, which is a significant increase over efforts the previous year. In 2015, 3,649 feral hogs were removed from the

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Master Naturalists

Once again it is the time of year for that age-old question… How do I keep squirrels out of my bird feeder? I have found that squirrels eating bird-seed have a much better flavor than those found eating acorns. Here are some nature questions you might find interesting. First, are there any mammals that reproduce

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