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Gone Fly-Fishin’

By Jeff Berti
When it comes to fishing, a cane pole with a line and a hook attached is probably as simple as it gets. A fly rod, at the other end of the spectrum, is the most complex, at least in my opinion.
For the fishing enthusiast, fly-fishing provides an activity that challenges their knowledge of equipment, local bugs, seasonal cycles, water conditions, fish species and, above all, their

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First Fridays At Swan Lake

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be kicking off its “First Fridays at the Refuge” events on June 3. The event will have multiple family friendly activities such as archery, a prairie maze, a birders’ quest, canoes, a turtle tank and a hot dog supper. The observation tower will be open to tours along with the visitor’s center and gift shop. The event is free and open to the public.

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Do Not feed deer in CWD Counties

(The following information is being provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation)
The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds landowners, deer hunters, and others that a regulation banning the feeding of deer becomes effective on May 30 for 29 counties in north central, central and east central Missouri.
Grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable products used to attract deer are now prohibited year-round in the following 29 counties: Adair, Boone,

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Hunting Heritage Banquet

The Green Hills Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be holding its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Friday, April 15 at the National Guard Armory in Trenton. Doors open for the event at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7:30. A live auction will follow the dinner.
For more information on the event or to RSVP, persons may contact Robin Chambers at 660-654-1192 or [email protected], or Scott

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Spring Is Just Around The Corner

By Jeff Berti
Even though it’s officially spring, winter has reared its ugly head to remind us that it’s not quite through. It’s been so long ago, I can’t remember if March came in like a lamb or a lion, so I don’t know what the next few days have in store for us. Looking ahead to April, however, there are enough activities on Mother Nature’s calendar to keep most

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Refresher Course

By Jeff Berti
Preparation for outdoor activities this spring should include a refresher course on trespassing laws. Turkey and mushroom hunters and nature viewers should be aware that purple markings on trees and fence posts is one way landowners identify private property where trespassing is prohibited.
Missouri’s Purple Paint Statute of 1993 was designed as a simple way for landowners to protect their property rights. The law recognizes purple paint

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Gone Fishin’

By Jeff Berti
Although you might not be thinking about fishing or hunting, I just thought that I would remind you that last year’s hunting and fishing licenses have expired. Beginning Tuesday, March 1, licenses were needed in order to hunt or fish legally.
This may be confusing to many people that may have thought licenses expire one year from the date of purchase. Still others believe that licenses expire

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Hunting For Rabbits

By Jeff Berti
Stomping through brush is not a lot of fun. First you have sticker bushes or vines that grow throughout the year for one main purpose: to impale humans. Then, you have obstacles that seem almost impossible to conquer. These may include fallen trees or swinging branches that slap extremely hard across a cold, chapped face.
So why would anyone subject themselves to walking in the thickest woodland

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Getting Rid Of Your Christmas Tree

By Jeff Berti
The best thing about a natural Christmas tree is the smell. The worst thing is the problem of how to dispose of it when the holidays are over. It doesn’t have to be a problem, though. There are several ideas for turning old Christmas trees into fish and wildlife assets.
If you enjoy feeding birds during the winter, you can turn your tree into a bird-feeding station.

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