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Animals Play Role

By Jeff Berti
Man’s technical knowledge and advancement during recent years has been miraculous to say the least. However, man has often been guilty of destroying the very things of nature that enhance his own livelihood. For instance, man has been quick to condemn and exterminate some of the predatory animals without considering the consequences. We must remember that predators help to maintain the balance.
The fox is a good

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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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Outdoors In The Green Hills

Trumpeter Swans
by Jeff Berti
Grundy County Conservation Agent
You may have noticed that we have had a few new visitors to Grundy County in the past few weeks. They are fairly large, with long necks, black “noses” and white feathers. You can usually see them hanging out near the Lower and Upper Lake Trenton area. These visitors are beautiful to watch, but what are they? If you are patient,

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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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