Outdoors

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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Young hunters check nearly 3,000 deer during late youth portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young deer hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 2,944 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of this year’s deer hunting season, Nov. 25-27. Of the 2,944 deer harvested, 1,149 were antlered bucks, 426 were button bucks, and 1,369 were does. Top harvest counties were

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Just Ordinary Luck

A few years back the MDC sent out this news release… “Warm weather is one factor being cited by Missouri’s deer expert in continuing to a drop in the number of deer shot by hunters.” A few years later they had a different result and said this…”A high deer harvest on opening weekend took place

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Emmert wins Stockton ABA

Bolivar angler Scott Emmert topped the field of competitors on Stockton Lake Dec. 3 with a 5-fish limit weighing 12.73 lbs. Emmert won $579. Second place went to Kansas angler Kirk Deer with his 5-fish limit of 11.42 anchored with Big Bass of the tournament, a 3.62 lb largemouth. His payday was $576. Eric Craft

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