Outdoors

MDC reminds deer hunters of voluntary CWD testing options

Although the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) mandatory sample collection for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing has ended for this year, hunters still have opportunities to get harvested deer tested for CWD. CWD is present in the state throughout the year – not just the two days in November when MDC staffs mandatory collection sites

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MDC foresters urge caution in removing downed tree limbs

Many residents in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas are dealing with damaged trees and downed limbs following the strong winds from the storm front that moved through on Dec. 15. Foresters for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urge caution as people begin to assess and remove the damage. Any damaged trees or

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Christmas Socks

I am going to give some money to needy families to buy presents for kids, not because I have to, but because I want to. It won’t be much because I don’t have a lot to give. It will be a greater reward for me than it will be for those few underprivileged kids. Thank

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MDC reports five elk harvested during second season

Missouri’s elk archery portion ran Oct. 16-24 and elk firearms portion ran Dec. 11-19. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports hunters harvested three elk during the firearms portion of the elk-hunting season, Dec. 11-19. An archery portion ran Oct. 16-24 with two elk harvested. Five Missouri hunters were selected for elk permits through a

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MDC proposes expanding furbearer hunting, trapping seasons

The Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at its Dec. 10 open meeting on proposed regulation changes that would extend current furbearer hunting and trapping seasons for abundant furbearer species. Furbearers are mammal species that have traditionally been trapped or hunted for their fur, such as coyotes, raccoons,

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Beagles and Cottontails

For most of two hours, the little beagle had struck trail after trail, and hotly pursued a half dozen cottontails in circles that wound around broom sedge, cedar thickets and patches of briar and sumac. I found a brush pile with a log in the top of it and carefully situated myself atop the mass

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MDC reports 14,896 deer harvested during antlerless portion

Archery season continues through Jan. 15. Alternative methods portion runs Dec. 25 – Jan. 4. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 14,896 deer during the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 4-12. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 467 deer harvested, Pike with

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A Gentlemanly Sort of Outdoorsman

Back about the end of October I spent a day and fishing with a lady. I recommend that very thing for all you grizzled old veteran outdoorsmen, if you can find any ladies which will indeed go fishing with you. Its kind of a nice change from your regular buddies. Since the weather had been

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What IS the Truth About a Horrible Disease?

It is called spongiform encephalopathy and it amounts to little more than malformed proteins called prions, getting into the brain. That’s what it is, period!! You can call it chronic wasting disease, mad cow disease, scrapies, Creutzfeldt-Jakobs disease… whatever. But it is a malady involving those ‘prions’ in whatever variants there are, getting into the

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