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Corn coons and critters caught on camera

Posted November 19, 2015 at 11:33 am

This week I will get all my deer feeders emptied. They have served their purpose. Putting out corn for deer goes hand in hand with the craze in game cameras, the automatic cameras you strap to a tree which photograph any thing that moves in front of it.

They fascinate me because they show you how many raccoons we have nowadays and on rare occasions show a roaming mountain lion or black bear. But mostly they show roaming gangs of masked bandits… corn stealers.

When I was a boy, raccoons weren’t very plentiful. Trapping and coon hunting was responsible for that but only because the pelts were worth good money back when money wasn’t so easy to come by. Today, there isn’t

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    MDC adjusts duck blind usage at Montrose area

    Low water conditions have prompted the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to close three waterfowl hunting blinds and one wade-and-shoot position at the Montrose Conservation Area. But 10 hunting blinds and one wade and shoot position remain open for use.

    MDC leases the 2,750-acre area from the Kansas City Power & Light Co (KCP&L). The utility uses Montrose Lake on the area for cooling water for a coal-fired electrical general plant. KCP&L has dropped water levels to perform maintenance on the dam.

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    Firearms deer season opening weekend harvest 97,000+

    Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 97,171 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 14 and 15. Of the 97,171 deer harvested, 53,359 were antlered bucks, 10,320 were button bucks and 33,492 were does.

    Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Texas County with 2,184 (2,230 as of Monday) deer checked, Howell County with 1,959 (2,035)and Franklin County with 1,899 (1,932). As of Monday, Cedar County Hunters had checked 823 deer – 401 antlered

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    The days of weeds and rises

    I drove into southern Iowa a day or so ago and a flood of memories came as I passed exits to Mt. Ayr and Creston. Those are some of the places near where I hunted quail and pheasant many years ago. I thought of the time when my cousin, John McNew, and I stopped and asked permission to hunt a tract of land, and the farmer advised us that there had been quite a few pheasants around an old hog lot which hadn’t been in use for years.

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    Help needed Nov. 6 near Collins

    Justice for a grasshopper murderer

    The fall turkey season has come and gone. Every year I think it becomes less of a thing to Ozark hunters, maybe because the fishing is so good in October, maybe because of beggar lice and stick-tites and a growing laziness in the populations of our tweeting and twittering young folks.

    I hunted a little this fall, but not much. Late one evening a week or so ago, while most of the turkeys seemed to be across the creek, one old gobbler made the

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    Young hunters check 14,095 deer

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that young hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 14,095 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2015 deer hunting season, which ran Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Top counties for the early youth portion were Franklin with 338, Osage with 337, and Howell with 288 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total for the early youth portion was 18,091.

    Cedar County youth hunters checked 176 deer – 113 antlered bucks, 19 button bucks and 44 does. In St. Clair County, young hunters checked 174 deer

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    O’Fallon angler catches state-record skipjack herring

    James Lucas of O’Fallon became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a giant skipjack herring on the Sandy Slough using a rod and reel. Sandy Slough is a Mississippi River backwater area located next to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Sandy Island Conservation Area.

    The new “pole and line” record skipjack herring caught by Lucas on Oct. 25 weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces with a length of 18 inches. Lucas used a white marabou Road Runner jig

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    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that hunters checked 6,158 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season, which ran Oct. 1 – 31. Last year’s fall firearms turkey harvest total was 5,680. Top harvest counties for the 2015 fall firearms turkey season were Dent with 210, Greene with 159, and Franklin with 148.

    In Cedar County, hunters checked 152 birds – 35 adult gobblers, 36 adult hens, 33 juvenile gobblers (jakes) and 48 juvenile hens. St. Clair County hunters checked 151

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    Maze wins Stockton tournament

    Lamar angler Byron Maze took the win at the D126 2016 season opener held on Stockton Lake. Maze brought in a 5-fish limit that weighed 11.08 lbs. and won $543 for his efforts. Second place went to Tracy Mitchell with a 5-fish limit weighing 9.82 lbs. earning him $329. Third place was Carl Cox weighing in 9.79 lbs. and taking $108. Big Bass paid $200 and went to Girard, KS, angler Mark Moody.

    Anglers reported catching fish deep and shallow, using spinnerbaits, jigs, crankbaits,

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    Know deer laws… and your rights


    The lady seemed amused by it all. “He came to my door several days after I killed a deer with a bow. I called it in the way I am suppose to,” she told me. “He said he wanted me to show him my bow, and prove I could really shoot it. Can you imagine that, at the beginning of the deer season and all he’s got to do is come and see if I can shoot my bow?”

    She took her bow and drilled the target behind

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