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The spider and the fly

Posted September 3, 2015 at 9:20 am

I learn a lot when I set on my porch watching the birds and rabbits and squirrels. Every now and then a deer passes through, or something like a raccoon family or a coopers hawk. If an armadillo comes around, he is a dead armadillo. But I watched a life and death struggle just the other morning. The participants were very, very small. A housefly somehow got his leg stuck through the screen wire and couldn’t get it out.

His struggles were epic, sort of what you might expect if you could go back in time and see a wooly mammoth stuck in a mud bog, just on a smaller scale. His predicament attracted a tiny spider, which likely was about half the size of the fly in

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    MDC announces waterfowl seasons and outlook

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that duck hunters will again have a 60-day season for 2015-2016 hunting. The Missouri Conservation Commission set upcoming Missouri waterfowl hunting seasons at its Aug. 19 meeting.

    Duck seasons

    North Zone: Oct. 31 – Dec. 29 Middle Zone: Nov. 7 – Jan. 5 South Zone: Nov. 26 – Jan. 24

    Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

    Daily Bag Limit: Six ducks daily with species restrictions of:

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    Fish still biting

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    I’ve been gone since Friday, but Sharon talked to Bobby. We’ve had campers over the weekend. They were trotlining using brown carp. They were catching plenty of both flatheads and blues. We don’t have weights or sizes.

    Right now, they’ve gone home and will be back this weekend.

    I would say the river has probably dropped but I don’t know.

    Weekend before last we

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    Conservation Corner

    One day in late July, Fred and Emma Oehring brought in a caterpillar that was the biggest any of us had ever seen. It was green with eight or so ribbed sections on its body, an orange “rear-end,” and the front sections each had 2 orange horns with black tips. It was a sight to see.

    I had no idea what it was and I took photos of it and sent it on to Robin Grumm at the Runge Nature Center and Rob

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    The last bass

    It was early October of 2010, and the first falling leaves were floating along the river beside us. Uncle Norten and I had enjoyed a great day of fishing. The bass had been hitting, and I marveled at how well he could cast and fish at his age of 87.

    He had begun to have trouble remembering how to get to the river, but he had no trouble remembering how to fish a spinner-bait, or bounce a jig

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    Deer hunting, then and now

    I remember what deer hunting was like back when I was a boy. I am utterly amazed at how it has changed. Some very good hunters regularly visited Dad’s pool hall where I worked as a kid. Most of them were rural people who knew all about deer and how they moved. At that time in the mid-60′s I would estimate the Ozarks of southern Missouri had about 10 to 20 percent as many deer as we have today. In those times, if I remember right, the season was only a few days and

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    Fish biting at night

    Lake Stockton Report

    by Michael Weis

    Stockton State Park Marina

    A couple of guys brought in a lot of crappie the last couple of nights. They said they were using lights.

    The crappie were keepers, but not much bigger than keepers.

    We have a few crappie beds throughout this area.

    People have been bringing in a steady amount of catfish. They are using perch on trotlines and jugs. The cats run up to 10 lbs. a couple of blues but mainly flatheads.

    Bluegill

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    Walleye bite in August in Canada

    It was hot last year, too, the first week of August.

    We wondered what the weather was like in Canada. Sondra Gray, who is the editor of the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal which I publish, loves to fish, and her husband, David, had a vacation coming up. Gas was high, about 2.59 a gallon, if I remember right, but a display company in Minneapolis had asked me to build an old time wooden johnboat about 10 feet long and they would pay my expenses for delivery. So

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    Regular spring turkey harvest totals 40,447

    Hunters checked 40,447 turkeys during Missouri’s regular spring turkey season, up by 2,120 from 38,327 last spring, or about one percent. The harvest of 4,319 turkeys during this year’s spring youth weekend, March 31 and April 1, brought the 2012 spring turkey harvest to 44,766, up about one percent from 2011. Youth hunters harvested 3,893 turkeys during the 2011 spring youth weekend for a 2011 spring total of 42,220.

    Top harvest counties during the regular 2012 spring turkey season, April 16 through May 6, were Franklin with 852, Texas with 803 and

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