Outdoors

Grouse hunting

If you don’t see one close up, I don’t know that you would describe the male ruffed grouse as a beautiful bird. They are a little bit drab. They are a bird of thick undergrowth in heavy forests. Before the time of intense logging of pines all through the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks about 150

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MDC reports Missouri hunters took 12 black bears during first season

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Missouri hunters harvested 12 black bears during the state’s inaugural bear-hunting season, which ran Oct. 18–27. More than 6,330 hunters applied for 400 permits for the season with the maximum total harvest for the season being 40 bears. “This was an incredibly successful first bear hunting season

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MDC reports 89,861 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 89,861 deer during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season Nov. 13 and 14. Of the 89,861 deer harvested, 54,415 were antlered bucks, 7,187 were button bucks, and 28,259 were does. Top harvest counties for opening

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MDC reports spring turkey season ended with 34,593 birds harvested

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 31,798 birds during Missouri’s 2021 regular spring turkey season, April 19 through May 9. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 710 birds telechecked, Texas with 666, and Callaway with 639. Young turkey hunters also harvested 2,795 birds over the youth weekend,

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Young hunters harvest 15,608 deer during early youth portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 15,608 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2021 deer hunting season, Oct. 30-31. Top counties were Osage with youth hunters harvesting 359 deer, Franklin with 329, and Howell with 310. Youth hunters harvested 15,854 deer

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Known by many names

I will end what I have been writing about what is known as “Chronic Wasting Disease” by saying that it should not be called that anymore, nor by any other of a half dozen common names used to describe it. When found in deer and elk, it is ‘Spongiform Encephalopathy’, which occurs in several mammals,

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Fishing Report

By Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm Taberville I have a few people setting lines but they aren’t telling me anything. I’m sure they are still catching fish. Almost everybody has stopped fishing and gone deer hunting. I’m sure the blue cats are still following the fish and will bite. The flatheads just lay in their

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An Underwater World

What a wonderful time it is to be outdoors… as the temperature cools and all of nature seems painted by the Master Artist’s brush. Finally the darn spider webs are gone from woodland trails. If you find a place to walk through a real forest, unmarred by the hands of man, you cannot help but

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Fishing Report

By Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm Taberville Fishing is cold and rainy. I’ve had a few customers. I’m petty sure you can catch fish. But the fishing ain’t any good. It’s cold. Fishing is terrible, but the catching is good. The guys I know buy bait and go down to Truman. I’m sure the fishing

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Fishing report

By Bobby Dain Dains Fish Farm Taberville How’s fishing? It’s better now. It was cold and raining the last few mornings. It was raining this morning (Saturday). They are still catching a few fish.  The fishermen are starting to slow down. It’s not nearly as crowded. I think the fishing is still good, though. The

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