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Deer Totals Up In Grundy County

Hunters harvested 1,057 deer in Grundy County during this year’s firearms deer season, an increase of 26 compared to last year’s total. Mercer and Sullivan County were up as well with Mercer harvesting 1,378, an increase of 100 from the 2015 season, and Sullivan totaling 1,838, an increase of 55.
Other local counties were down. Livingston harvested 1,123, down 59 from last year; Linn collected 1,746, down 268 from 2015;

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Deer Harvest Exceeds 96,000 In Missouri

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 96,131 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season, Nov. 12 and 13. Of the 96,131 deer harvested, 55,753 were antlered bucks, 8,873 were button bucks, and 31,505 were does.
Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin with 2,041 deer checked, Howell with 1,950 and Texas

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On The Hunt

By Jeff Berti
This weekend is the weekend that every deer hunter has looked forward to since Nov. 24, 2015. As the 2016 firearms deer season begins this weekend, hunters need to be reminded about some common violations and how they can avoid meeting me on a “professional basis.”
One of the most common deer season violations and complaints from landowners is “hunting” from the roadway. Many deer hunters consider

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Deer Crossing

By Jeff Berti
Missouri motorists should be on the lookout for hazards on four legs this time of year. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, deer attempting to breed are on the move, and that increases the potential for deer-vehicle accidents.
The deer mating season or rut takes place September through February. Just before and during the peak of the rut in November, the urge to mate often causes

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Swan Lake Waterfowl Hunts

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will hold its second season of waterfowl hunting this year. Waterfowl hunting permits will be filled through an online draw conducted at www.swanlakepermits.com.
There are three remaining draw application periods for this season. The current draw application period runs from now through Oct. 28 and is for hunts on Nov. 12-13, Nov. 16, Nov. 18-20 and Nov. 23-27.
There will also be an application period

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Swan Lake Waterfowl Hunts

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will hold its second season of waterfowl hunting this year. Waterfowl hunting permits will be filled through an online draw conducted at www.swanlakepermits.com.
There will be four separate draws throughout the season. The first draw’s application period runs from now until Oct. 14. Hunt dates for this draw are Oct. 29 and 30 and Nov. 2, 9 and 11. There will be no waterfowl hunts

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Feral Hog Boom

By Jeff Berti
The outcome of Missouri’s war against feral hogs remains uncertain, but conservation officials are gathering intelligence behind enemy lines and are building forces for a heated battle.
Missouri currently is in the early stages of a feral-hog population boom. Swine ranging from domestic pigs to wild descendants of razorbacks and Russian boars exist as established populations in more than 20 Missouri counties, mostly in southern Missouri.
In

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Getting Ready For Waterfowl Seasons

By Jeff Berti
Waterfowl hunters, your wait is almost over. Missouri’s early goose season is upon us and will run for a total of nine days. This means the early goose season will open October 1 and run through October 9.
Hunters need three permits to hunt ducks, geese and other waterfowl – a Missouri Small Game Hunting Permit, a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and a federal Migratory Bird

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Operation Game Thief

By Jeff Berti
With falling temperatures and shorter days, many animals become active around this time of year. Unfortunately, many poachers also become active. Most people don’t realize that poachers are thieves and can be dangerous. In Missouri, as well as other states, poaching is a serious problem. Poaching is a generic term used to identify all wildlife violators. Whether it is failing to tag a deer, shooting from the

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