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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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Poosey Fall Driving Tour

By Jeff Berti
With autumn-like weather arriving this week, sunny days and mild temperatures usually make people want to get outdoors. Locally, the Missouri Day festival will be in full swing this weekend, offering various kinds of entertainment. On Sunday, after you have visited the festival, why not head south to the Poosey Conservation Area for the annual Fall Driving Tour.
Sunday, Oct. 19, will be the 28th annual Poosey

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Deer Are On The Move

By Jeff Berti
No one wants to hit a deer. It is a dangerous and costly event for all involved. Some deer/car accidents are unavoidable. However, many drivers could avoid accidents if they knew when and where they are most likely to encounter deer crossing roadways, and how to react when they spot one. Here are some tips that might help you avoid the hazards of a deer/car accident.
The

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Moments Of Choice

By Jeff Berti
It’s opening day of deer season and the deer hunter quietly pulled away from his hunting spot and onto the roadway. After driving a few hundred yards, the road gently curved next to a hayfield. There, in the hayfield, stood a buck of a lifetime within easy range.
As the hunter braked to a stop, his mind raced. “Should I shoot him? Whose land is this? Yes,

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Poaching Problems

By Jeff Berti
Now that cool weather has arrived, many animals have become active again. Some may be looking for a mate, while others are simply preparing for winter. With the increasing activity of the wildlife comes the increase in poaching. As a conservation agent, my primary responsibility is to protect the fish and wildlife of Missouri, especially Grundy County. Most Missouri counties have only one agent so there is

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