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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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Monitoring The Future

By Jeff Berti
Whether you are counting your credit card transactions, counting your calories or counting on your holiday bonus, counting is a big part of our lives.
Counting is important to state biologists and managers because it provides a way to measure what we have today and compare it to what we will have tomorrow.
Like counting coins, you need to have some organization to your counts. Simply using

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Crowder Closing For Deer Hunt

Crowder State Park and five other state parks will be closing this weekend for managed deer hunts. The managed deer hunts will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13.
During these hunts, the state parks will be closed to all visitors except pre-approved deer hunters. These special hunts are being used as a resource management tool because the deer population is too large for the environment of the park

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Nearly 100,000 Missouri Deer Harvested

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 97,171 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 14 and 15. Of the 97,171 deer harvested, 53,359 were antlered bucks, 10,320 were button bucks and 33,492 were does.
Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Texas County with 2,184 deer checked, Howell County with 1,959 and Franklin

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