I killed my first gobbler in 1970 or ’71, I think—an 18½-pound jake that gobbled for an hour just like an old ground-raker. That was also a first and last, because that was a BIG jake. I haven’t killed a juvenile gobbler since that would tip 18 pounds on the scales.
The Missouri Department of Conservation urges drivers to be cautious on the roads this spring and give turtles a brake. These reptiles are often hit by cars during the warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are more active.
The ruby-throated hummingbird, the tiniest bird to nest in the Show-Me State, is a harbinger of spring. The Missouri Department of Conservation urges the public to learn more about these long-distance fliers as they begin to arrive during their spring migration.
The Missouri Conservation Commission and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) welcome Barry Orscheln of Columbia as the newest member of the four-person Conservation Commission. Orscheln was appointed by Missouri Governor Mike Parson Feb. 28. The appointment was confirmed by the Missouri Senate April 4.
Every turkey hunter goes to the spring woods in anticipation of killing a big wild turkey gobbler. If you’ve hunted wild turkeys very long, you have experienced the wild turkey blues, when all your plans don’t pan out. Few things match the despair of a turkey hunter who ends a season without a bird.