Outdoors

The Best Event of the Year

This week’s Lightnin’ Ridge nature question for all those master naturalists out there is… “Mountain lions do well when their number one food source, the white-tail deer is plentiful. Another mammal, which is steadily increasing, is a prey animal mountain lions would rather have than venison. Mountain lion numbers might rise in the Ozarks solely

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Weed Management Update Feb 22 at Butler

Dr. Kevin Bradley, MU Associate Professor of Weed Science, will present a Weed Management Update: Some Thoughts on 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22, in the Sheriff’s Conference Center, 13 W Dakota, Butler  He will discus  herbicide management strategies old and new, dealing with resistant weeds, palmer amaranth showing

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NIGHT OF THE BIG CAT Cont. from Last Week

I stood up and looked at my stinging, bleeding hands, and wet trousers and as I did, I heard the most horrible scream up on the ridge behind me, something awful and hideous and blood-chillin’-horrible in the gathering darkness. The cat was following me and he wanted me to know it. I was gosh-awful scared,

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Get 2017 hunting and fishing permits from MDC

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missouri hunters and anglers that related annual permits expire at the end of February, including 2016 permits for small game, fishing, trout fishing and combination hunting and fishing. Buy Missouri hunting and fishing permits from one of many vendors around the state, online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through MDC’s

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Springfield fisherman takes state-record

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that John Paul Morris of Springfield became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he shot a bigmouth buffalo in a private pond in Henry County using a bow and arrow. The new “alternative method” record bigmouth buffalo taken by Morris Jan. 21 weighed 57 pounds, 13

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Night of the Big Cat

by Larry Dablemont An Excerpt from my book, Little Home on the Piney, the true story of my father’s boyhood.       In November of 1938 I was eleven years old and soon to be twelve.  Pop showed me how to set a deadfall, and how to bait them and run up to 40

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MDC continues work to remove feral hogs from the landscape

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists on the feral hog strike team have tallied up numbers for 2016. The year yielded a total of 5,358 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies and private landowners, which is a significant increase over efforts the previous year. In 2015, 3,649 feral hogs were removed from the

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Master Naturalists

Once again it is the time of year for that age-old question… How do I keep squirrels out of my bird feeder? I have found that squirrels eating bird-seed have a much better flavor than those found eating acorns. Here are some nature questions you might find interesting. First, are there any mammals that reproduce

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MDC reports final deer harvest 263,832, archery turkey harvest 2,304

Missouri’s 2016-2017 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 263,832 deer. Top counties for the overall season were Franklin with 5,272 deer harvested, Howell with 5,242, and Texas with 4,608. Hunters harvested 273,249 deer during the 2015-2016 deer hunting seasons. Deer hunting ended with

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The Breaks

Sitting in the front of the boat, I held my shotgun and trembled a little with the excitement as we slowly floated forward toward the flock of mallards. They seemed aware that the blind which grandpa had arranged on the bow out of sycamore and oak branches wasn’t quite right. It looked like a floating

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