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Burning Tips

By Jeff Berti
A combination of dry weather and wind makes early spring the heart of the fire season in Missouri. Thousands of acres of forest and grasslands will burn. Almost all of these fires will be caused by human negligence or malicious arson.
If you are contemplating burning anything outdoors during this time of year, the Department of Conservation has a few suggestions.
• Don’t burn brush piles. They

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The Ducks They Are A Movin’

By Jeff Berti
You certainly don’t have to be a waterfowl hunter to enjoy the spring waterfowl migration. This is the time of year when ducks and geese fly north to their breeding grounds.
Many species of ducks migrate through Missouri, but almost all of them keep heading north. There is one, however, that is an exception to the rule. This duck commonly nests in Missouri and some claim it

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Paddlefish

By Jeff Berti
With small eyes that peer over a two-foot long spoonbill snout at one end and a shark’s tail at the other end, it’s unlikely many would describe the paddlefish as attractive. But for hundreds of Missouri anglers there is nothing more beautiful than the sight of a seven-foot long, 100-pound paddlefish at the end of a snagline.
The paddlefish is a sort of living fossil. More closely

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Preparing For Bluebirds

By Jeff Berti
It’s still the middle of winter, but it’s the perfect time to be laying plans for bluebird production for the coming spring and summer.
You should have bluebird houses out by the first of March and February is a good time to put up boxes. The birds may not be nesting as early as March 1, but they start selecting the houses that they will soon be

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Deer Management Workshop In Jamesport

The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a Deer Management Workshop in Jamesport on Saturday, March 7. The workshop is free and will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the A.V. Spillman Event Center in Jamesport.
Topics at the event will be designed to educate property managers about white-tail deer and how land management can improve deer quality and quantity. MDC Staff will discuss how to manage land for

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Transition

By Jeff Berti
Many people think of late January and early February as a dull, dreary time of the year. The grass is brown and the trees are bare. Many times there is no glistening snow or glittering frost that grace the mornings of other winter months. For the hunter, most seasons will close by Feb. 15, with spring turkey season seeming a lifetime away. It’s easy to dismiss this

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Successful Habitat Improvement

By Jeff Berti
Landowners play a very important role in the production of wildlife. Over 90 percent of the state of Missouri is privately owned and 10 percent is owned by state and federal agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources, Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Department of Conservation. Although much of the 10 percent is intensively managed for wildlife benefit, it is not enough

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Deer Hunting Permits

By Jeff Berti
The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds deer hunters that firearm antlerless deer hunting permits have been reduced from “any number” in most counties of the state to one in most counties of the state. The reduction applies to all portions of the firearms deer season combined.
Exceptions to this regulation change allow hunters to fill two firearm antlerless deer permits in Chariton, Randolph, Macon, Linn, Sullivan and

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Waterfowl Season

By Jeff Berti
With fall turkey season coming to an end on Oct. 31, and archery season continuing to improve as the weather cools, this week marks a busy time in many hunters’ year. More seasons are opening in the next week, and preparation for firearms deer season should already be taking place. With so much to do in the outdoors, I once again remember why autumn is my favorite

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