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Dove, Teal Seasons In Missouri

By Jeff Berti
Missouri has plenty of mourning doves and Missouri hunters will find thousands of acres of specially managed fields where they can hunt them.
Dove hunting season opens Thursday, Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 29. Department of Conservation biologists think that hunters will find plenty of doves when opening day arrives.
The number of doves counted during the roadside surveys this year was up over much of

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Losing Pond Water

By Jeff Berti
Most ponds lose some water due to leaks and it’s not uncommon for the water level in ponds to fall in the summer or during times of drought. However, the Missouri Department of Conservation says if your pond is chronically low, then you may have a problem that needs attention.
The most common cause of pond leaks is tree roots penetrating the dam. Cutting large trees isn’t

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Antler Measuring At The Fair

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be scoring trophy deer antlers at the MDC building on the North Central Missouri Fairgrounds in Trenton on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Measurers for Missouri Big Bucks and Boone and Crockett will score trophy deer antlers. The evening will also include a special guest appearance by QDMA Wildlife Management Cooperative Specialist Alex Foster.

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Final ‘First Friday’ At Swan Lake

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be holding its final ‘First Fridays’ event of the year on Aug. 5 at the refuge, located two miles south of Sumner. Events for the evening will begin at 5 p.m.
Featured events of the night will see Adam Brandsgaard of the Missouri Department of Conservation doing a presentation on snakes and other reptiles and William Hall showing off a trophy deer shot on

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Fish Growth Depends On Sunlight

By Jeff Berti
What would you have thought if your neighbors had planted their garden under their porch this year? You’d probably thought they had been working too hard or that they spent too much time in the sun that day. Most of us have a basic understanding of how things grow, and we certainly wouldn’t plant a garden this way. What about your “aquatic gardens?” You’ll find that raising

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Hunter Education Skills Course

The Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will host a hunter education skills course on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the refuge, located two miles south of Sumner. The course will include gun safety, firearm and ammunition information, wildlife management, ethics, hunter preparedness and the role of a hunter.
Registration for the class must be done online at http://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails /102092. Prior to taking the skills course, students must take

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Keeping Records Of Your Catch

By Jeff Berti
Did you know that you can eventually produce larger fish in a pond simply by keeping records of your catch? With a little added effort, anglers that regularly fish a pond (or small lake) can accumulate the information needed to make proper management decisions.
For starters, obtain a free “Fish Diary Form” from the Missouri Department of Conservation. This form provides space to record the date, time

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Those Pesky Raccoons

By Jeff Berti
Got raccoons? These cute, but mischievous, critters can wreak havoc around your home and garden, especially in high numbers. But learning how to keep raccoons away from a garden doesn’t have to be a trying task. There are steps you can take that will help you keep these pests under control.
How to Get Rid of Raccoons
Getting rid of raccoons can be as easy as cleaning

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Gone Fly-Fishin’

By Jeff Berti
When it comes to fishing, a cane pole with a line and a hook attached is probably as simple as it gets. A fly rod, at the other end of the spectrum, is the most complex, at least in my opinion.
For the fishing enthusiast, fly-fishing provides an activity that challenges their knowledge of equipment, local bugs, seasonal cycles, water conditions, fish species and, above all, their

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