The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) feral hog strike team has tallied up elimination numbers from January through September 2018. So far, they’ve yielded a total of 7,339 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies, and private landowners. In 2017, 6,561 feral hogs were removed from the landscape.
Cooler weather in the last couple of weeks has made bow hunters everywhere happy. The result has been a lot of big bucks down, while conservation legislation has been moving forward on the federal level. The Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act, and the Restore Our Parks Act both made it out of committee on bipartisan votes.
Several years ago, I was in northern Manitoba in early October hunting geese in a big harvested crop field. During the afternoon, the landowner’s son wanted to take me for a walk into the “bush,” the land to the north of their farmstead which is something to see, but hard to describe. Beyond it, there are no croplands, and no tall timber. All the trees, which include oaks, and aspen and birch and a few pine groves, are stunted and gnarled. Hundred-year-old oaks may only be six inches at the base and maybe 15 feet high.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) seeks information in the case of an elk calf that was shot. Conservation agents report the calf was born in the Log Yard area of Shannon County July 13 and was fitted with a VFH radio collar July 14 with the identification number 1829. The calf still had its spots when it was found shot next to a road just weeks later. The lengthy investigation has led conservation agents to seek information from the public.
Reports out of Minnesota say that waterfowl hunters are rejoicing as unseasonably cold weather, passing fronts, and persistent north winds have pushed birds south early this fall. Many are already filtering into the northern lakes of Missouri.