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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.

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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.

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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.

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shooting at signs is unsafe

MDC shooting ranges offer safe places to sight in deer rifles

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

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2011 late season quail chick.

Quail Forecast has bright spots

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Population surveys on Quail Emphasis Areas and private land present a different picture than those for the state as a whole.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mallard flock in wetlands

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

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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.

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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.

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Tree Wars Sign

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

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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.

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Quick Draw set for second year of testing

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Areas and procedures for the online reservation system remain unchanged.

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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.

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