Outdoors

The Most Valuable Tree

I marvel sometimes at how well wildlife can survive cold weather, but to tell the truth, when cold weather hits hard, especially with rain, ice and snow, plenty of wild creatures do not survive. Birds are hit especially hard if they are being fed from a feeder and then it stops. A day or so

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Apply online for MDC spring managed turkey hunts

Apply at mdc.mo.gov/springturkeyhunts between Jan. 6 and Feb. 28. Missouri youth, archery, and firearms turkey hunters can apply online for 2017 spring turkey managed hunts between Jan. 6 and Feb. 28 through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at mdc.mo.gov/springturkeyhunts. Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will

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January conservation management plans

How are conservation areas important to you? The Missouri Department of Conservation is in the process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. To view management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans. The following draft conservation area management plans are available for public comment January 1-31, 2017. Kansas City Region

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Be on the lookout for signs of emerald ash borer

We need your help detecting populations of the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB). This tree-killing beetle has been found in 31 Missouri counties so far, but we suspect it is present in several more. EAB kills ash trees in the genus Fraxinus, which includes the commonly planted green ash and white ash. How can you

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MDC reports halfway mark on results of deer samples being tested for CWD

by Joe Jerek The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has received results for more than half of approximately 19,200 tissue samples being tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) collected during the Department’s mandatory sampling of deer harvested on Nov. 12 and 13 in 29 counties in northeast, central, and east-central Missouri. From those

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A Matter of Patience

It isn’t too hard to figure that this will be a year of high deer ‘harvest’. The warm weather insures that. “Why is that?” you might ask. Let me explain. The average deer hunter will sit quietly and wait if he has a sack with sandwiches in it and some of those little chocolate cakes

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Incident on a Summer River

It was mid-June, and the Pomme de Terre River, near where I live, was about normal. I promised to help a family enjoy a float trip; a man and his wife with three kids between five and 12 years of age. I loaned them two kayaks and my big 19-foot Grumman and told them they

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NRCS expanding efforts to aid Bobwhite Quail

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding the northern bobwhite to Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the agency’s targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and working forests. “Agriculture and wildlife both thrive together through landscape conservation,” said J.R. Flores, NRCS state conservationist in

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MDC reports nearly 6,500 deer harvested during antlerless portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 6,491 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Dec. 2-4. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 213 deer harvested, Pike with 205, and Osage with 185. MDC reduced the length of the antlerless portion of

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