Outdoors

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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Apply online for MDC spring managed turkey hunts

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 be posted March 13. Spring turkey hunting youth weekend

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Hunters harvest 10,602 deer during Missouri alternative-methods portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,602 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms season, which ran Dec. 24- Jan. 3. Of the total harvest, 2,787 were antlered bucks, 1,496 button bucks, and 6,319 does. Top harvest counties were Oregon with 262 deer

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MDC reports three new cases of CWD from mandatory sampling

Final results from 19,200+ deer tested show total of five cases of chronic wasting disease. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has received final results from the more than 19,200 tissue samples tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) following the Department’s mandatory sampling of deer harvested on Nov. 12 and 13 in 29

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New Directions

So a new year begins. My new year’s resolution is the same this year as it has been each and every year since I can remember… “I resolve to live and enjoy every day of this year one day at a time, and try to think of others more than myself. And I will thank

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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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