Last updateThu, 18 Dec 2014 2pm


You can help wildlife during cold weather

This week's cold weather caught many of us off guard. It takes quite a bit of preparation to really be ready for winter storms. We check our vehicles to make sure they're full of fluids and the tires have tread. We stock warm blankets, extra water, extra food supplies in our homes and our cars just in case we're stuck in one place for a while due to weather. All of this preparation takes time and energy on our part, to get it all done. It makes me wonder what kind of energy it takes for wildlife to survive the cold of winter.

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Deer harvest up during first weekend

• Man killed in Crawford County after fall from tree stand, Phelps County man shoots self in leg

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that hunters checked 91,460 deer during the opening weekend of the 2014 November Portion of Firearms Deer Season this past weekend. Top harvest counties for the opening weekend were Franklin with 1,839 deer checked, Howell with 1,793, and Callaway with 1,791.

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I knew he was there

    A brilliant quarter moon and the North Star hung directly overhead as I climbed into my ladder stand or the opening day of the 2014 rifle deer season in Missouri. The cold air stung my earlobes as I settled in for the morning.

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The buck that ran away

    I missed the son-of-a-buck. I can’t figure out how, but it wasn’t my fault. It was dark because of the snow clouds, and he was behind me and he was walking in some brush and I wasn’t at all accustomed to the rifle I was using. So, he’s out there somewhere and I have to keep on hunting all this week. Well something good comes from every bad situation, if you look for it, but really I think I’d druther be hunting ducks this week. 

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Eagles Days events planned throughout the state

From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle-viewing on your own.

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Youth area hunter takes first duck

    Ten-year-old Lance Ybarra, of St. James, killed his first duck early last Saturday morning. That event would never make the newspapers, if I were not sitting here pounding on the keys. The harvest proved to be a big event for young Lance.

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