Agriculture

Last week after the overnight temperatures got to near zero for a couple of nights, the area streams froze partially over. With snow falling , the conditions were perfect to look for signs of river otters. On a branch off of Grindstone on route EE , I noticed the tell tale slide an otter had made...
Praire Chicken
It's probably been 20 years ago now, but I remember the only time I ever saw a Prairie Chicken in the wild in DeKalb County. It was late in the day during the firearms deer season. I was working an area in the northeast part of DeKalb county just west of the Daviess county line.  Just at sunset the...
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Don’t put up your hunting rifle just yet. The colder days of Mid winter are a good time to hunt predators in northwest Missouri. Coyotes in particular are sought buy predator callers this time of year.  Coyotes are found statewide in Missouri. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation...
From left Amelia Welch announces the FFA’s plan to provide 50,000 meals for area families.
  Students with the Cameron High School FFA announced they will attempt to provide 50,000 meals to needy families as part of their Feeding our Friends program.  With a goal of raising $12,500 to purchase 50,000 meals, which they will assemble March 27, students Thomas Robinson, Amelia Welch,...
While visiting with my folks last week near Weatherby, I noticed a flock of a dozen or so birds land on their high bush cranberry’s. The shrubs still had several red fruits on them and the birds were really working them over. Dad had a pair of 10 x 42 binoculars handy so I checked out the berry...
( Information for this article was taken from the original story written by Vanessa Kauffman, ) After two days of competition, Eddie LeRoy of Eufaula, Alabama, emerged as the winner of the Federal Duck Stamp competition with his painting of a black-bellied whistling-duck pair. This is LeRoy’s first...
I was recently comparing lights that attach to the handle bar of by bicycle on a bike shop website. Some of the lights listed the number of Lumens and some just said for example, 80 candlepower.  Since outdoors folks also shop for headlights and flashlights, this seemed like an appropriate subject...
            Due to the way the calendar works, the firearms deer season opened about as late this year as it ever will under the current format used by the Department of Conservation. It should have been a bonus for archery hunters but the start of the “extra week” saw single digit  temperatures...
For the past month, I have slipped off to a tree stand in the woods or spent the last few hours of daylight in a blind just off a clover field with my bow hanging close by as often as I could. I had noticed that I had been hearing white fronted geese, sometimes called speckled bellies passing...
A couple of years ago, my daughter was trying to decide whether to send our oldest granddaughter to pre-school or to do the instructing at home (she’s a teacher by profession). She asked If I could do a few “nature days” where I would take Blythe for hikes, boat rides etc and learn something while...

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