Outdoors

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer. David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the

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Enhancing White-tailed Deer Habitats on Your Property: Woodlands and Forests

This deer conservation guide is one in a series developed jointly by MU Extension and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The ability of your property and the surrounding landscape to support a white-tailed deer population is largely influenced by the type of vegetation present and the land-use decisions being made about the area. Although white-tailed

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Boys Basketball Report

by Coach Joel Braden The El Dorado Springs Boys basketball had a full week of basketball last week. Monday the Bulldogs traveled to Warsaw for an Ozark Mountain Conference match-up. The Warsaw Wildcats took an early 14-6 lead and then held off the Bulldogs the rest of the game for a 61-49 win. The Bulldogs

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Brandon Rummel Wins Stockton ABA

It was a slow bite for keepers on Stockton Lake December 15, 2018. Twenty-one American Bass Anglers launched from Old State Park at 7:30 a.m. looking for 15” bass. Weather was cool, about 32o with a light north wind. Air temperatures warmed into the 50’s with a bright sun and the wind died. Brandon Rummel

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MDC and partners eliminate more than 7,300 feral hogs in 2018 so far

Experts maintain trapping whole sounders is the most effective method in feral hog removal. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) feral hog strike team has tallied up elimination numbers from January through September 2018. So far, they’ve yielded a total of 7,339 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies, and private landowners. In 2017, 6,561

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MDC reports 6,585 deer harvested during antlerless portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 6,585 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 261, Osage with 201, and Pike with 193 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total was 7,773.

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MDC reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 199,427

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested a near-record 199,427 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 10 – 20. Of the 199,427 deer harvested, 102,930 were antlered bucks, 19,924 were button bucks and 76,573 were does. Top harvest counties were Franklin

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MDC thanks hunters for help with CWD sampling

Thousands of deer hunters have helped MDC collect 20,800+ samples for CWD testing. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the thousands of deer hunters who participated in its mandatory CWD sampling efforts last weekend in 31 counties. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected more than 20,000 tissue samples last weekend from harvested deer for

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Pheasants and Quail Forever encourages farmers to consider pollinator habitat

With a November 16 deadline approaching, Pheasants and Quail Forever is encouraging farmers and ranchers to consider utilizing a federal program that provides financial and technical assistance to establish habitat that benefits Monarch butterflies and other wildlife. Jake Swafford, Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, said the Monarch Initiative administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

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