A wet, illegal gobbler

Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:04 am

I don’t want anyone to get to thinking I have any money, because that kind of thing gets you in trouble with the IRS, but last year I bought about 50 acres off in the middle of nowhere. It sits on a pretty little creek, with a great little cabin on it, just made for someone like me who likes to pretend he is living in some previous century with no one within 500 miles. Filled with big timber, decorated with the howling of coyotes and bellowing of bullfrogs at night and the gobbling of wild toms at dawn, it is a little paradise to me.

This purchase was a result of one of the finest men I ever knew, Gloria Jeans father, Frank Goedde. When he died he left enough money to buy it, and he

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    Jay Carter tops Stockton tournament leaderboard


    Stockton Lake bass proved to be a little picky for American Bass Anglers Division 126 Sunday Oct. 5, as only three anglers weighed in the 5-fish limit. Jay Cartera of Springfield had the heaviest weight, 12.11 lbs anchored with Big Fish that weighed 3.97 lbs. Carter received a total of $683 for the day’s efforts. He reported catching his fish shallow in the mid-lake area on a variety of baits including jigs and spinnerbaits.

    Mike Carter of Raytown took 2nd place with a total weight of 11.09 lbs; Becky Minor of Parsons,

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    Water’s on some at Caplinger

    Caplinger Mills Report

    by Ron Masters

    Riverside Bait & Canoe

    The Corps cracked the gates at Stockton Dam a little on Monday night and some water started over the dam Tuesday morning. One guy caught a three of crappie this morning.

    The water is just barely coming over. They didn’t open it up a bunch.

    I decided to go ahead and order some minnows.

    They are still having some kind of issues,

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    For paddlers, seven tips for fall safety

    It may be sunny outside with blue skies above, but waters are deceptively cold and unforgiving in the fall. For paddlers with just a few inches of freeboard to spare, getting wet this time of year can have serious consequences, so the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has these seven tips for fall paddlecraft safety.

    Know how to re-board: All paddlecraft are different, so before you hit a lonely, remote stretch of river or bay, learn (in a safe place) how to get back in the boat quickly and

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    Wild turkey numbers up; fall, spring hunting prospects bright

    Results of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s annual wild-turkey brood survey are in, and the news is good, especially in the northern half of the state.

    Each summer, citizen volunteers and Conservation Department staff record the number of wild turkey hens and recently hatched turkeys they see. This year’s wild-turkey brood survey showed strong reproduction, bolstering gains posted in 2011 and 2012.

    Resource Scientist Jason Isabelle, the Conservation Department’s turkey program leader, tallies the number of young turkeys, called

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    Hunters encouraged to Share the Harvest

    Help feed hungry Missourians by sharing your harvest. Funds are available to help cover processing costs.

    Many Missourians need help with putting meat on the dinner table. Deer hunters can help by sharing their harvests through Missouri’s Share the Harvest program. Share the Harvest connects deer hunters with hungry Missourians through participating meat processors and local hunger-relief agencies around the state.

    To participate, hunters simply take their harvested deer to one of more than 130 participating meat processors and let the processor know how much venison they wish

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    MDC’s Discovery Center plans nature photo exhibit

    Photographers find Missouri a great place to discover nature, from tiny insects to wide vistas of woodlands or prairies. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is looking for photographers willing to share pictures of their favorite discoveries in nature.

    Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center welcomes photo submissions for a special display in November and December. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31. Photos must be taken in Missouri and should be nature oriented. They can include people enjoying nature,

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    Conservation Corner

    Fall – A time for food gathering

    In years past, our forefathers (and mothers) began the earnest search for anything to harvest, preserve and store food for the winter months. Fortunately for us, we don’t have to worry so much about what we are going to eat in January, but still there is no reason for not getting out and find free food for the taking. Not only is it nutritious, but there is no added salt, sugar or preservatives, the only processing is what you do.

    It’s the

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    Mark Moody and Becky Minor smashed the competition Saturday, September 27 in the MOBTT season’s final tournament. MOBTT is a team trail tournament circuit with five regular tournaments held on Stockton Lake and Pomme de Terre Lake. Moody and Minor won the first tournament last March on Stockton and the next on in April on Pomme de Terre. They finished the season strong with their win on Stockton Sept. 27.

    “Fishing was slow today,” said Moody. “There was no wind and the lake

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    Bass wallering in the evening


    We only had a few hours to fish so we took the boat and headed for the river a few miles away. I took only one lure, an old Hula-Popper with a white skirt dangling behind it.

    I don’t know when they made the first Hula-Popper but it was a long time ago because when I was a kid in the fifties and early sixties, I had a couple of them and used them on my Uncle Roy’s farm pond, where fat little two-pound bass slurped them readily

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