Outdoors

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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Mulching is the best way to deal with falling leaves

The time-honored ritual of raking leaves during the fall months is a chore many homeowners would like to avoid. In fact, there are several ways of putting leaves to better use in a yard according to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “From an ecological point, the best way to deal with

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MDC reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 185,000-plus

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 185,066 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 12-22. Of the 185,066 deer harvested, 95,383 were antlered bucks, 18,889 were button bucks, and 70,794 were does. Top harvest counties were Howell with 3,910 deer checked,

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Slow Change on the White

If you are the kind of person who likes to fish in the winter, if you enjoy seeing big old white flakes of snow drifting down against the dark outline of a high ridge with steel-gray water flowing along beside you, then you will like the White River in December and January and February. It

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Fishing Report

Taberville Report by Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm I saw several nice fish caught this weekend on trotline. They are catching blues and flatheads both. They had one that weighed over 30 lbs. They had five and they were all above the slot. There were three of them fishing so I don’t know how much

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MDC thanks hunters for help in collecting 19,200 tissue samples for CWD testing

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that it collected approximately 19,200 tissue samples for chronic-wasting-disease (CWD) testing from this past weekend’s mandatory sampling efforts at 75 stations in 29 counties in and around where the fatal deer disease has been found in northeast, central and east-central Missouri. The Department’s goal was 18,000 – 20,000

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Venison in the Freezer

My old “Fred Bear” compound bow must be 30 years old. It has put many pounds of venison on the table here on Lightnin’ Ridge, but due to something called a frozen shoulder I cannot pull the thing back as easily as I once did. So I bought a crossbow at the local Wal-Mart sporting

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Using more advanced traps could rid Missouri of feral hogs

by Eli Chen The invasive feral hog roams in more than 30 counties in Missouri, decimating farmland and wildlife areas in its path. This summer, state officials banned feral hog hunting on public lands in their latest effort to eradicate the pest from Missouri. They’re also beginning to use new technology to trap the animals.

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