After centuries of being hunted and trapped, most of Missouri’s native wild creatures are still here. Many of them are as abundant now as they were 300 years ago. For a long time, people believed that wildlife was doomed to disappear as humans changed the landscape. It was only a little more than 100 years ago that serious attempts to manage the state’s wildlife began, and only about 75 years ago that science-based game management began.
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young deer hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 2,520 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2015-2016 deer hunting season, which ran Jan. 2-3. Last year’s late youth portion harvest total was 1,123.
Missouri conservation officials say hunters using muzzleloaders and other alternative weapons killed 11,061 deer during a special season.
Missouri youth, archery, and firearms turkey hunters can apply online for 2016 spring turkey managed hunts between Jan. 8 and Feb. 29 through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at http://mdc.mo.gov/node/11252">http://mdc.mo.gov/node/11252. Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will be available March 14.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces the promotion of Billy Barton of Iron County to Protection District Supervisor. In his new duties, Barton now supervises conservation agents in Iron, Reynolds, Wayne and Butler counties.
As waterfowl migration begins to increase and we approach the upcoming hunting season staff are preparing habitat. Wetland management is the primary focus this fall, while renovation activities from a few years ago take a back seat. During the dry weather in October, staff have created openings in the thick vegetation in Units A and B with a disk to stimulate aquatic bugs as the churned ground and plants become flooded. These disked openings also help show the flooded habitat from the air and allow birds to begin to access the vegetation from the side. Water is and will be added throughout the coming weeks to flood the low ground and build up to provide water depths adequate to distribute hunting opportunities across the area.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces changes to its leadership team with the Nov. 1 appointments of Jennifer Battson Warren to the position of Deputy Director–Business and Aaron Jeffries to the position of Deputy Director–Outreach and Policy.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake announces the opening and closing schedule of the Asher Creek and Lost Creek Waterfowl Refuges during the upcoming duck season in the middle zone. These refuges were established to provide resting places for migrating waterfowl in the Mississippi flyway. Starting Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, until Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, portions of both refuges will be closed to vehicle and boat traffic. We remind visitors that foot traffic is still welcomed during this time.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has appointed Kyle Dunda as the new conservation agent for Madison County. Dunda is among eight new agents in the Department’s 2015 agent graduation class.
Dena Hart of Harviell, left, and Kelly Potter of Piedmont rode 60 miles in the Tour de Corn at East Prairie on Saturday.
Harvey Thompson, left, and Eli Thompson, center, are pictured with Harvey’s dad, Arley Thompson, and the 12 hogs that Harvey and Eli killed in a trap—10 sows and three boars. Each sow has an average of five piglets, and she can have three litters a year.
Clearwater’s Dayvon Slack, seated at center, signed a National Letter of Intent Monday afternoon to attend Mineral Area College in the fall and play basketball. Joining Slack at the signing ceremony were his parents, April and Alphea Crenshaw, seated besidehim; back from left, Clearwater Athletic Director Shannon England, Clearwater Basketball Coach Andy Beck, and MAC Basketball Assistant Coach Marcus Scott.
Allie Holmes signed a national letter of intent to play college volleyball next year at Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill. Holmes is currently a senior at Clearwater High School and had a stand-out season as a senior. She won many honors including being named Black River League Player of the Year, All-District, All-Region, and Second-Team All-State. She is pictured with her parents, Stacey and Tim Holmes (seated), and Lindenwood’s head volleyball coach, Justin Wells. Holmes plans to obtain a bachelor degree in biology/nursing.
Members of the Three Rivers College Rodeo team recently visited Community Living Center (nursing home) residents at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. The team explained their events, enjoyed conversations with the Veterans, and provided them with tickets to the upcoming college rodeo. Voluntary Services Officer, Donna Reynolds noted, “We really appreciate Three Rivers College and the rodeo team – it was a great visit!”Pictured are (front row) Veterans Jerry Bishop and Crawford Price, (back row) Veteran Gene Kimes, Cory Ann McCuston, Recreation Therapist Brian Berlin, Tyler Lewis, Veteran Ken Leach, Tyler Albright, Lane Rowland, Veteran Lawrence Riley, Coach Cale Emmett, Jeffrey Pearson, Luke Swinney, Veteran Erie Jordan, Callie Stanhouse and Gigi Robey.Those interested in volunteering, visiting, or donating may contact Voluntary Services Officer, Donna Reynolds at 573/778-4275, Voluntary Services Specialist, Chris Luecke at 573/778-4276, or Voluntary Services Assistant, Bennie Hicks at 573/778-4499.
A sixth-grade AAU basketball team coached by Jeff Ayers recently finished the season undefeated. All games were played in Park Hills. Members of the team are: front from left, Laney Smith, Gracie Smith, Hailey Pauley, Alyssa Malone; back, Callie Miller, Rachel Rowold, Jada Brooks, Michalea Ayers, and Zoe Griffith.