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Yes, There is Something to Do!

Nov 22, 2013

In the days after the turkey has been reshaped into pot pie, after the ball games have been analyzed by all the armchair quarterbacks and the kids are tired of being cooped up with family - Twin Pines to the rescue! Bring the whole family out to Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday November 28th and 29th, Twin Pines will reopen on Saturday, November 30th with lots of activities for all ages. Archery will be available for ages 6 and up weather permitting. Inside, there will be demonstrations on how Native Americans used the resources and a variety of kids crafts including Native American “antler” jewelry. Trails totaling nearly 3 miles will be open to help hike off that holiday feast or relax and do a little fishing at the stocked pond on site.

Focus on the Forest

Because of its location in the midst of Missouri’s most productive forests, Twin Pines CEC places a special emphasis on the history of the Ozarks’ timber industry. Displays at Twin Pines include vintage logging equipment, a log cabin and an early 20th century schoolhouse. Other exhibits, such as a restored 1946 Chevrolet panel truck outfitted with a generator and movie projector, celebrate the Department's early efforts to spread conservation messages to Ozark communities without electricity.

Get Connected

Leave the DS, cell phone and tablet in the car and connect with the family and discover nature at the special after Thanksgiving programming at Twin Pines CEC. Located in Winona, Missouri on Highway 60, 1.3 miles east of the intersection with Highway 19 North, the center is centrally located for elk viewing and other area attractions.


Tori, McKenna and Margaret enjoy a fall day on the trails at Twin Pines CEC
Tori, McKenna and Margaret enjoy a fall day on the trails at Twin Pines CEC
Tori, McKenna and Margaret enjoy a fall day on the trails at Twin Pines CEC


There are a variety of factors that may result in delayed breeding, thus later fawning in your area. Research studies have shown that the main factors that control when breeding occurs in white-tailed deer include herd demographics (e.g. adult sex ratio), genetic origin, and maternal age/body condition. Previous research conducted in Missouri has found that yearling and adult does typically have a 2 week time frame in the middle of November when the majority (75%) of breeding occurs. Although less frequent, doe fawn can breed, but typically occur later (December) and over a larger time period than yearling and adult does. However, doe fawn breeding is an indicator of a healthy deer population below biological carrying capacity that is not negatively influenced by nutritional and social stress. We are currently analyzing data to evaluate conception dates across the state, as well as other reproductive parameters. As you mentioned, reproduction and recruitment rates are very important to deer population management in Missouri, therefore, we are continuing to evaluate new methods to obtain this information so that our population models and regulation recommendations are reflective and appropriate for current conditions.

Many thanks to what I think is the best conservation dept. In the states. I applaud you for the many things you have accomplished. That being said I would like to offer up some constructive advice from a life long very accomplished hunter. The to liberal firearms portions of of deer season. The three plus week period of some kind of firearms in the woods has stressed the does during breeding season to the point that way to many are coming into estrous later than when nature intended. Every year this problem becomes more and more evident as one see,s fawns , barely out of spots in mid November! These young ones are very likely not to survive the winter simply for lack of size. This has a snowball effect in that the doe that had them will more than likely stay with them longer in the fall due to the timing of her milk being cut off later than it should be the result is that she again breeds to late, and the cycle repeats. I would submit to you that a study be done on this matter. Even if these smaller does survive they are hamstung by thier lack of size in thier first breeding and therefor thier offspring as well. The coyote population has exploded as a result. The liberal supply of gutpiles and small deer not surviving winter is the factor here. The results are already seen in harvest numbers and i submit to you that it is at the tipping point. Im not suggesting not to have gun season during the rut,that is a staple of population control. But rather i think just the liberal number of days with some kind of firearm going off is the culprit. I would like to hear a response to this personally or in the conservationist hopefully both,as my concerns are shared by every dedicated hunter i know. Thank you for the attention to this matter and the best hunting state in the country! Sincerly Ken Rimmer

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