Recycled live Christmas trees provide ‘a special gift’ for fish, wildlife

As the holiday season closes, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) hopes residents will donate their live Christmas tree to fish and wildlife in their area as a natural, year-round shelter. Salvador Mondragon, MDC fisheries management biologist, said Christmas trees can easily be used to improve habitat in ponds, lakes, or even a backyard. “Natural…

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The last buck

I hope that, at this point, your deer season has been as rewarding as mine has been.   My family and I are truly blessed with wonderful venison, once again.   Now that the rut and the major firearms seasons have come and gone, the vast majority of deer hunters are done. Post-deer season activities…

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Crows can be a help to farmers

Crows have been equally revered and reviled by humans throughout history. There’s a reason crows have long been known as creatures of wisdom and were given respect by a number of ancient cultures.  However, there’s an equal reason one of agriculture’s most famous mannequins is named the “scarecrow.”  To be fair, scarecrows were put up…

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