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Hummingbirds

By Jeff Berti
It’s hard to imagine anyone being captivated by a three-inch long bird weighing less than an eighth of an ounce. That is, until you realize those measurements give only a basic description of hummingbirds. As you learn more about the characteristics of the smallest of Missouri’s birds the human fascination with them is easily understood.
They are unique, lively and pretty. They have almost no fear of

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Got The Itch?

By Jeff Berti
Got an itch? It might not be what you think. Step aside, ticks. Move over, poison ivy. Get out of the way, mosquitoes. You may have thought those were the chief causes of summer itching, but nothing generates more irritation than the chigger.
Chiggers are more than a periodic annoyance. Some folks will have little red welts somewhere on their bodies all summer. From early May until

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MDC Measuring Antlers At Fair

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be measuring antlers during the North Central Missouri Fair in Trenton on Thursday, July 30. Measuring will take place in the conservation building in the Rock Barn courtyard. The measuring begins at 5 p.m.
Missouri Big Buck, Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett measurers will be on hand to certify trophies. The measuring is open to all antlers, not just trophy bucks.

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River Floating Is Not Just For South Missouri

By Jeff Berti
When most people think of floating a river in Missouri, their mind takes them to a clear, rocky bottom Ozark stream. However, any river or stream in Missouri that is large enough to float a canoe or boat is the perfect stream to float. For those of us in north Missouri, who don’t have clear water streams, we can have just as much fun and fishing in

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A Little Summer Shooting And Cleaning

By Jeff Berti
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery; what does a hunter do when it is July or August?
The ducks are thousands of miles away, doe are weaning their fawns, bucks are growing antlers and ticks rule the woods. Life can seem tough at times.
For the avid shooter, there is life during the summer, just at a different pace. Most hunters put their shotguns or rifles in the

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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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