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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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Orange Means Deer Season

By Jeff Berti
It is time once again for the state of Missouri to become a sea of blaze orange. That’s right, it is deer season 2015! If you are out and about today, you will probably see truckloads of hunters scurrying around town buying last minute supplies. No matter how many years a hunter has been hunting, it seems there is always something they need to buy before the

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The Glory Days Of Hunting

By Jeff Berti
Although I wasn’t in Grundy County for the “glory days” of bird hunting, I can only imagine what it must have been like. Sunday, Nov. 1 was the traditional opening day of quail and pheasant season in Missouri. Although the weather was near perfect for quail and pheasant hunting, it was disappointing to me as a conservation agent to see such a lack of interest by the

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Old Barns Provide Habitat

By Jeff Berti
There’s more to old farm buildings, especially barns, than many of us realize. When we think about a barn and the animals that live there, our thoughts immediately picture cows, horses or other domestic livestock. We now realize that barns are important to wild creatures as well. They provide a unique habitat that attracts several different wildlife species.
Farm buildings were once much more common on the

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The Colors Of Fall

By Jeff Berti
How colorful will Missouri’s fall foliage be this year? The answer, according to foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation is, “It depends.”
First, it depends on where you live. If you live in northwestern Missouri, chances are you will get to see a nice display of autumn reds and golds, maybe even an excellent one.
Prospects for fall color are good to excellent in the Green

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