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Hunting season is here

Posted February 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

If you are really an outdoorsman, late January, February and early March can be a great time of the year. First of all, there’s no one out there. If you want to be alone and pretend it is the winter of 1840, you can find places that will convince you that there isn’t a soul in the world but you.

This is the time when wildlife is the most active, because food is harder to find than it is any other time of the year and most species which do not hibernate must move more than they ever will during the fall and spring. That’s why you see nocturnal creatures out during daylight hours now – raccoons, coyotes, foxes and bobcats, even owls early and late. And the lack of foliage means you can see and photograph much

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    Missouri duck season date and zone boundary review

    WATERFOWL HUNTERS: Our new report for waterfowl workshops — Missouri Duck Season Date and Zone Boundary Review – is available on our website at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/2015_Waterfowl_Workshops.pdf.

    It provides a wealth of information about ducks, duck hunting and duck hunters in Missouri.

    The report will be discussed at our waterfowl workshops. Get more info on those at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-invites-duck-hunters-workshops-season-dates-and-zones.

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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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