Agriculture

            Due to the way the calendar works, the firearms deer season opened about as late this year as it ever will under the current format used by the Department of Conservation. It should have been a bonus for archery hunters but the start of the “extra week” saw single digit  temperatures...
For the past month, I have slipped off to a tree stand in the woods or spent the last few hours of daylight in a blind just off a clover field with my bow hanging close by as often as I could. I had noticed that I had been hearing white fronted geese, sometimes called speckled bellies passing...
A couple of years ago, my daughter was trying to decide whether to send our oldest granddaughter to pre-school or to do the instructing at home (she’s a teacher by profession). She asked If I could do a few “nature days” where I would take Blythe for hikes, boat rides etc and learn something while...
It’s safe to say that fall turkey hunting used to be a bigger deal in the Show-Me-State. 20 years ago, hunters killed 15,000 wild turkeys in the fall.  Turkey checking information through Oct 20 this year, ( about two thirds of the season), stood at 2,175 birds. That includes both the archery...
By the time this goes to print, the calendar will have turned to October. The forecast  for later this week indicates morning temperatures should be in the 40*s. It’s time to head to the woods to experience the best days of the year.   October 1 marks the opening of the fall firearms turkey season...
Last week I checked a couple of trail cameras that I have set up in the woods. Starting about the seventh, the first hard horns on bucks started showing up. By hard horns, I mean the velvet that had protected the growing antlers all summer had all been rubbed off by the owner of the antlers. In...
What is the second most common duck in North America, behind the Mallard? If you answered. “Blue-winged Teal” you were correct. The population of these birds has remained stable over the last 40 years. By stable, the literature means they fluctuate between a continental population of between 3 to 7...
It still feels like summer outside but the back to school rush is on and football is just around the corner. The Yellow flowers of early fall are just beginning to show along the roadsides and prairie remnants. One of the stars of late summer stands out each year because it “never slouches” and is...
It’s not quite a reality but if the plan approved by the Conservation Commission at their June meeting stays on track, Missourians could be placing their name in a drawing for the first ever Elk Season in Missouri in 2020. According to MDC Elk Biologist Aaron Hildreth who presented the elk-hunting...
It’s been a wet six  weeks here in the mid-west and turtles of all kinds have been on the move. Contrary to what you sometimes hear, the unusual amount of rain probably doesn’t have much to do with the appearance of these armored reptiles on the roadways.  The common Snapping Turtle mates from...

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