Outdoors

MDC needs information on elk illegally shot in Carter County

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking the public for information regarding a female adult elk found shot and left for dead Monday morning, Nov. 18, on National Park Service property near the end of M Highway in Carter County.

New approaches needed to help keep hunting alive

By Bill Cooper
    Only four percent of Americans hunt. The days are long gone when our population was primarily rural, and it was a given that every farmhouse had a gun or two in it for hunting purposes. Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, quail, pheasants and waterfowl were common staples of farm families 90 years ago.

Lost friend introduced me to quail hunting

By Larry Dablemont
    Two weeks ago, I wrote about attending the funeral of an old family friend who grew up in Texas County and died just a few days before. His name was Charlie Hartman Jr., one of the finest men I ever knew. The day of his funeral was exactly 61 years after my father was hurt on the river, and Charlie helped me, as a small boy to retrieve our boat and float it down the Big Piney to a take-out point.

MDC thanks deer hunters for help with CWD sampling

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the many thousands of deer hunters who participated in its mandatory CWD sampling efforts in 29 counties Nov. 16 and 17 during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected more than 18,800 tissue samples from hunter-harvested deer for CWD testing.

MDC reports 88,843 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 88,843 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 16 and 17. Of the 88,843 deer harvested, 51,086 were antlered bucks, 8,115 were button bucks, and 29,642 were does.