Last updateSat, 20 Dec 2014 5pm


November deer harvest up from last year

    Building on a strong opening weekend harvest, Missouri hunters went on to check a total of 167,205 deer during firearms deer season Nov. 15 through 25. The number exceeds last year’s harvest of 157,273.

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Cowtown USA sponsors Ray Eye Turkey Camp

    Cowtown USA, in Cuba, recently sponsored world famous turkey hunter Ray Eye’s fall media turkey hunt on the Big Piney River in Texas County. Eye brought in outdoor writers and outdoor products representatives from to test products, turkey hunt, gather story material, produce radio shows and video for the outdoor media markets across the country.

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Thank you God for everything, but persimmons

    Hunting deer this week, I came across a persimmon tree loaded with persimmons. I ate several and left the rest for deer and raccoons and possums. Every time I eat a persimmon I get the feeling that God made them for wild creatures and meant for man to leave them alone. The seeds are large, and too many. The skin makes your mouth feel like you ought to drink a quart or so of water. You can eat them, and you can even eat white oak acorns. 

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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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