From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
November 2015 Issue

Discover Nature

6 Ideas for Family Fun

To find more events near you, call your regional office or visit mdc.mo.gov and choose your region.

Basic Pistol Plus

Nov. 1 • Sunday • 2–3:30 p.m. Kansas City Region, Lake City Range, 28505 East Truman Road, Buckner, MO 64016 Registration required, call 816-249-3194 Ages 18 and older

This course continues where the Basic Pistol course ends. The topics of discussion include purchasing a firearm, legalities of owning a firearm, ammunition facts, and cleaning and storage. We also will work on your marksmanship skills on the range.

Nature Nuts — Outdoor Cooking

Nov. 7 • Saturday • 10–11:30 a.m. Ozark Region, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, Rt. 1 Box 1998, Winona, MO 65588 Registration required, call 573-325-1381 Ages 7-12

Learn to clean and then cook the many game animals available in the fall using Dutch ovens

and other outdoor methods.

Nature Center at Night: Missouri’s Elk

Nov. 12 • Thursday • 5–8 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 No registration required, call 573-290-5218 for information All ages, families

In the past several years, Missouri has been fortunate to welcome elk back home. Stop by and learn more about these amazing ungulates and find out how our Missouri elk population is doing. Naturalist-led programs begin at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Bird Feeder Workshop

Nov. 22 • Sunday • 2–3:30 p.m. Southwest Region, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Conservation Center, 483 Hatchery Road, Branson, MO 65616 Reservation required, call 417-334-4865 Ages 5 and older, families

This is our annual woodworking workshop in which families get to make and take home their own wooden bird feeder. In addition to going step-by-step making the houses, you will also learn the best seed to attract birds and a few tips on discouraging squirrels. One feeder per family. Bring a hammer.

Shopping Alternatives: Squirrely Squirrels

Nov. 27 • Friday • 10 A.M.–2 p.m. Central Region, Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109 No registration required, call 573-526-5544 for more information All ages

Need a break from the squirrely, crazy shopping lines? Come to Runge! Get to know our Missouri squirrels: gray, fox, thirteen lined, and flying. We will have squirrel games, crafts, and exploratory stations. Don’t let the holiday season drive you nuts. Relax by the fire and allow nature to soothe you.

Discover Nature  — Beginning Youth .22 Rimfire Rifle Shooting

Nov. 28 • Saturay • 8–9:30 a.m. St. Louis Region, Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 1100 Antire Road, High Ridge, MO 63049 Registration required, call 636-938-9548 ext. 0 or email Henges.Range@mdc.mo.gov Ages 9–15

Youth who have no experience shooting .22 caliber rimfire rifles are invited to participate in this session to learn the safe and proper techniques of shooting in a controlled environment. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment is provided. All youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Also in this issue

White-Tailed Deer In The Woods

Forest Management for White-Tailed Deer

Manage your forestland to create an oasis for white-tailed deer.

Roast Venison Loin with Cranberry Sauce

A Wild Thanksgiving

Add excitement to your feast with ingredients from outdoor Missouri.

Northern Cardinal

Christmas Bird Counts — Missouri Was Among the First

At a time when bird populations were at risk, birders put their hobby to good use for science.

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This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld
Art Director - Cliff White
Associate Editor - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler