October 2011

Missouri deer hunters need to be bear aware

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Cover scents used by deer hunters and other intriguing smells can overcome bears’ natural shyness and bring them too close for comfort. More

MDC needs hunter help with CWD sampling of harvested deer

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Deer hunters asked to allow MDC to collect tissue samples from deer harvested in north-central Missouri area for chronic-wasting-disease testing. More

Spotted Gar Makes New State Record

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Families that bowfish together know fish together, and Eric and Sara Whitehead had a notion this might be one for the record book. More

MDC shooting ranges offer safe places to sight in deer rifles

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shooting at signs is unsafe
Target shooting is a popular way to “sight in” or improve shooter accuracy with rifles before the hunt. More

Quail Forecast has bright spots

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2011 late season quail chick.
Population surveys on Quail Emphasis Areas and private land present a different picture than those for the state as a whole. More

Deer hunters reminded of changed permit format, tagging procedures

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A new YouTube video shows how to “bag it, notch it, tag it and check it.” Free permit protectors are available from conservation agents and MDC offices. More

MDC improving fish habitat at Lake Taneycomo

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MDC placing fish habitat in upper mile of Lake Taneycomo to increase fishing opportunities below Table Rock Dam. More

Severe drought dampens waterfowl outlook for some west-central MDC areas

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Photo of mallard flock in wetlands
Drought will crimp duck hunting at some MDC wildlife areas in west central counties, but areas with sources for pumping water will be in good to excellent condition. More

Discover nature at Springfield Nature Center with "Halloween Happening – Super Hero Style"

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Individuals of all ages are invited to join in the fun of the Nature Center’s “Halloween Happening – Super Hero Style” Oct 27 and 28. More

Discover nature with ‘Tree Wars: The Forest Menace’ at Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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Tree Wars Sign
Light-sabers and beetle troopers will be used to interpret conservation messages at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center’s annual Creatures of the Night event Oct. 28 and 29. More

Quick Draw set for second year of testing

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Areas and procedures for the online reservation system remain unchanged. More

MDC to seek elusive answers about ruffed grouse

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A public-private partnership will determine the practicality of once again restocking grouse. More