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Elk Carcass Found Near Jamesport

Submitted Photo The carcass of a deceased elk was discovered Sunday about one mile west of the Jamesport Community Lake. The elk’s antlers measured six-by-six – meaning there were six points on each side. Daviess County Conservation Agent Alan Bradford took possession of the animal’s head on Sunday, sending it to Columbia for testing. The

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Crappie Problem

By Jeff Berti Crappie are one of the most popular game fish in Missouri. However, stocking them in your pond often turns into a disaster, with lots of small, skinny fish being caught after only a couple of years of good fishing. Crappie provide excellent fishing opportunities in lakes over 500 acres, but tend to

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Feral Hog Boom

By Jeff Berti The outcome of Missouri’s war against feral hogs remains uncertain, but conservation officials are gathering intelligence behind enemy lines and are building forces for a heated battle. Missouri currently is in the early stages of a feral-hog population boom. Swine ranging from domestic pigs to wild descendants of razorbacks and Russian boars

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Getting Ready For Waterfowl Seasons

By Jeff Berti Waterfowl hunters, your wait is almost over. Missouri’s early goose season is upon us and will run for a total of nine days. This means the early goose season will open October 1 and run through October 9. Hunters need three permits to hunt ducks, geese and other waterfowl – a Missouri

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Operation Game Thief

By Jeff Berti With falling temperatures and shorter days, many animals become active around this time of year. Unfortunately, many poachers also become active. Most people don’t realize that poachers are thieves and can be dangerous. In Missouri, as well as other states, poaching is a serious problem. Poaching is a generic term used to

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Deer Management Workshop

The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a free deer management workshop on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Jamesport City Park community building. The event will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The workshop is free, but attendees are asked to register by Sept. 14 and can do so by contacting Scott Roy at 359-5685, ext. 114

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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First Fridays At Swan Lake

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be kicking off its “First Fridays at the Refuge” events on June 3. The event will have multiple family friendly activities such as archery, a prairie maze, a birders’ quest, canoes, a turtle tank and a hot dog supper. The observation tower will be open to tours along with

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Do Not feed deer in CWD Counties

(The following information is being provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation) The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds landowners, deer hunters, and others that a regulation banning the feeding of deer becomes effective on May 30 for 29 counties in north central, central and east central Missouri. Grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable products

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Hunting Heritage Banquet

The Green Hills Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be holding its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Friday, April 15 at the National Guard Armory in Trenton. Doors open for the event at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7:30. A live auction will follow the dinner. For more information on the

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Spring Is Just Around The Corner

By Jeff Berti Even though it’s officially spring, winter has reared its ugly head to remind us that it’s not quite through. It’s been so long ago, I can’t remember if March came in like a lamb or a lion, so I don’t know what the next few days have in store for us. Looking

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Refresher Course

By Jeff Berti Preparation for outdoor activities this spring should include a refresher course on trespassing laws. Turkey and mushroom hunters and nature viewers should be aware that purple markings on trees and fence posts is one way landowners identify private property where trespassing is prohibited. Missouri’s Purple Paint Statute of 1993 was designed as

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