Conservation Corner

Posted September 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Monarch Butterflies

This is the time of year that Monarch butterflies begin to head south. Each year, millions of them along with others that have come from as far away as Canada, fly to a small alpine fir forest 75 miles west of Mexico City where they spend the winter.

No other butterflies migrate like the Monarchs of North America. They must store fat to fuel their flight and as they stop to eat, they actually gain weight. Somehow, they always find their way, some even using the same trees to roost.

The Monarch butterflies are a member of the milkweed butterfly family. The Monarch is the most common and familiar milkweed butterfly and is easily recognizable by its bold orange and black color. However, the milkweed is rapidly becoming less available to the butterflies

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    Dove hunting be danged

    Remember a couple of weeks ago, when in this very column I said that I had decided not to hunt doves anymore. I think that was a very good idea. But I went anyway, on opening day, after my old friend, Rich Abdoler, said he was going by himself. I got to thinking he would probably need me so I said I would bring my young Labrador, Bolt, and help him get a limit. What a dumb idea that was. It ended up being a

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    Go mobile with new, free MDC ‘MO Hunting’ app

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) now offers Missouri hunters, anglers and trappers a free mobile application for both Android and Apple mobile devices. The new “MO Hunting” app is available through Google Play and iTunes stores.

    MO Hunting enables Missouri hunters, anglers and trappers to purchase and view annual hunting, fishing and trapping permits and associated details, as well as view permits purchased during the previous year. The app will also allow deer and turkey hunters to telecheck their harvests directly from their related permit within the application through an easy-to-use

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    Cats biting in Osage

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    A customer weighed in a 64 lb. blue cat this morning. He caught it on a trotline baited with goldfish.

    Over the weekend, people were trotlining using goldfish and perch. They got a couple of flatheads in the 25 lb. range.

    So the river doesn’t have much current, but trotliners are having some luck

    I haven’t heard of anybody crappie fishing. I haven’t heard

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    Cats biting in Osage

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    Fishing has been pretty good.

    Last week a lady caught a 35 lb. cat on a rod and reel. They were fishing out of a boat with shad.

    We had camper setting trotlines. They were pretty successful when the river came up.

    Then they couldn’t get in to get their lines out so they started fishing with rod and reel from the bank over

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    Buzz-birds of two kinds

     

    Someone asked me recently when hummingbird feeders should be taken down, to insure that hummingbirds would migrate on time and not be caught in a winter snap of some sort. I once believed that was important, but I realize now that leaving feeders filled with liquid has nothing to do with delaying the little birds migration flight. It doesn’t.

    Migration is triggered by dwindling light, and the change of many factors as fall moves closer. Hummingbirds may indeed die at any stage of their migration, as thousands of

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    Welcome to Conservation Corner

    Each week your local Missouri Department of Conservation employees will print articles related to our Mission which is to protect and manage the forest, fish and wildlife resources of our state; to facilitate and provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy and learn about these resources.

    Whether you live on a farm or in town, there are many ways we can help you. We sell permits, waterfowl stamps, books and DVDs and we have lots of free publications relating to Missouri wildlife, fishes and forests. Many of those publications can help

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    Youth waterfowl hunting clinic offered Oct. 11 and 25

    Applications open Sept. 1 for the 20th Annual Wilderness Lodge Youth Waterfowl Clinic and Hunt. The event takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays in October.

    The two-part workshop Oct. 11 and 25 is open to participants age 9 through 15. First-time participants will spend the first Saturday of the event learning about waterfowl hunting rules, safety and calling, duck identification and retrieving-dog training. They will also practice wing shooting and learn how to choose the right combination of shotgun and ammunition for ethical, effective hunting. The program will take place

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    Jefferson Landing houses 175 years of history

     

    by Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks

    If walls could talk, the Lohman Building at the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site could tell you stories about Missouri’s history going back 175 years.

    After the seat of government moved to Jefferson City in 1826, James A. Crump built the three-story, white stone building in 1839, and it became a bustling commercial and transportation hub.

    Located at the base of Jefferson Street on the Missouri River landing, the sturdy structure served as a grocery store, warehouse, tavern, telegraph

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    God knows who I am

    This is a story my father, Farrel Dablemont, told me. It is part of a book I have written about his childhood entitled, “Little Home on the Piney”. This is a true story which took place in 1940, when he was about 14 years old.

    We started going to the ‘Methadess church’ in Houston in August, and the preacher just zeroed in on me. He told me I was going to hell just as sure as God turned green

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