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Bullfrogs

By Jeff Berti
Missouri’s most sought after amphibian is the bullfrog. During warm summer nights, many of Missouri’s outdoor enthusiasts, flashlight in hand, attempt to gig, grab, net or even shoot a limit of bullfrogs.
Bullfrog season opens at sunset, June 30 and will run through midnight Oct. 31. The daily limit is eight while the possession limit is 16. Frogs can be taken by fishing or hunting methods, and

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Snakes

By Jeff Berti
I have noticed several pictures of dead snakes showing up on Facebook with comments like, “The only good snake is a dead snake” or “I kill every snake I see.” Then, the comments section is filled with people talking about how awful snakes are, and arguing about whether it was a venomous snake or not.
Area residents often have problems with wildlife that enter a little too

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If You Toss, It’s Everyone’s Loss

By Jeff Berti
Can you imagine, a litter-free Missouri? Each year, our state spends millions of dollars cleaning up trash. Those are your tax dollars that could be better spent!
Missouri State Statute 577.070 states that: “A person commits the crime of littering if he/she throws or places, or causes to be thrown or placed, any glass, glass bottles, wire, nails, tacks, hedge, cans, garbage, trash, refuse, or rubbish of

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Hunting/Fishing Collectibles Show

The North Central Missouri Hunting And Fishing Collectibles Show will be held on June 5-6 at the Litton Ag Campus, Jenkins Expo Center in Chillicothe. The event will run from 1-8 p.m. on Friday, June 5, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.
Historic and collectible guns, duck decoys, fishing lures, game calls, shell boxes, traps, reels, sporting art and much more will be on display at the show.

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Pond Vegitation

Jeff Berti
If a pond owner could control aquatic plants as easily as mowing their lawn, then the Department of Conservation would hear from a lot fewer pond owners. Even though controlling aquatic plants isn’t complicated, there are different options to consider.
Because “some” vegetation is good in a pond, your first option is to leave it alone. Some of the benefits of the vegetation includes: providing oxygen to the

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Going Fishing

By Jeff Berti
Most anglers are aware that there are length limits on bass at public lakes in the area. This includes Crowder and Indian Creek Lake, with a 12 to 15 inch “slot” and Lake Paho, west of Princeton, with an 18-inch minimum, while most new lakes have a 15-inch minimum.
Various length limits are not intended to confuse anglers. Each lake may have a different length limit to

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MDC Prescribed Burn Meeting

The Missouri Department of Conservation and Quail Forever will co-host an informational meeting about the benefits of a prescribed burn association on Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Mildred B. Litton Building near Chillicothe.
Prescribed burn association is an organized group of landowners that work together to conduct prescribed burns to improve the quality of grasslands and woodlands.
For more information, persons may

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NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet

The Green Hills Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its 17th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Friday, April 17 at the National Guard Armory in Trenton.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the dinner set for 7:30. A live auction will follow. Tickets for the event can be purchased from Robin Chambers, Scott Roy or Shannon Price. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, April 14 for meal

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Morels Coming Soon

By Jeff Berti
With the recent rains and warmer temperatures, outdoor enthusiasts may have mushroom hunting on their minds. Although the soil temperature is still pretty cool, it won’t be long before the sponge-like morels begin popping through the forest floor.
Morels are the fruiting bodies of a larger plant, just as apples are the fruiting structures of an apple tree. Morel fungi emerge each spring from wintering bodies known

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