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A sick deer – harbinger of things to come?

Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:06 am


A neighbor a few miles away had a sick buck deer, acting tame, come up to his place covered with ticks and too weak to go much farther. He photographed it, and you can see photos of the deer on my website, given at the end of this column.

He called a the Missouri Department of Conservation and was told to kill the deer and they would come and get it and try to find out what is wrong with it. I have seen that same situation at least three times in the wild…all three times the deer was a doe in the early fall so covered with ticks you couldn’t believe it unless you saw it. Once, the deer was very weak and sick, but the other two times they appeared normal and strong.

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    Small-game hunting forecast mostly sunny


    Quail, pheasant and squirrel numbers are increasing from recent lows in most areas and rabbits are likely to follow this general upward trend, according to resource scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

    Field observations play an important role in the Conservation Department’s annual evaluation of game populations. The Conservation Department also pays close attention to weather throughout the year, looking for insights about winter survival, nesting conditions and factors affecting the availability of food, shelter and water for young, growing game animals. This year’s weather news is mostly good.

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    A wet, illegal gobbler

    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

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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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