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Winter is the prime time to prune trees. Harmful fungus, bacteria and insect pests are less likely to infect a pruning wound during a tree’s winter dormancy stage. That means now is a good time for homeowners and landowners to get helpful advice about tree work they will do in the months ahead.

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Now that we’re in the latter part of October, many people’s thoughts are turning to fall color. As usual, predicting how good this year’s fall color will be is a huge guessing game. It’s probably easier to explain what’s happening than to try to predict it.

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With quail-hunting season starting Nov. 1, the Missouri Department of Conservation advises hunters that overall quail production was about the same as last year, but below the 10-year average. MDC staff note that good hunting can be found in areas with quality habitat in north and west-centr…

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Bennett Spring State Park invites the public to an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations. Park staff will be on hand to provide information and to answer questions.Input from the public is important to Miss…

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As November firearms deer season (it runs Nov. 10-20) and other fall firearms hunting opportunities draw nearer, many people’s thoughts are starting to focus on hunting trips, not only for themselves, but also for friends or family members who have never been hunting before. 

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Lt. Col. Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year.

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At its August meeting, the Missouri Conservation Commission initially approved a regulation change from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) that will limit free landowner permits for deer and turkey hunting to only qualifying resident landowners and members of their immediate house…

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Buffalo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4080 recently presented this 6.5 Creedmoor Savage MSR 10 rifle to Jacob Brown, Fair Grove. Pictured are Brown, left, and Jim Osborn, VFW member. The post thanks the community for its great support of the rifle contest and the veterans.

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The badger, a master dirt mover, is one of Missouri’s largest mammals and a fierce opponent with lengthy front claws if cornered. Yet thanks to low population numbers and their nocturnal, rather reclusive ways, many outdoor enthusiasts have never seen one. 

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park invites the public to an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the park’s Lake/Spring Shelter. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations. Park staff will be on hand to provide information and to answer questions.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds deer hunters that properly disposing of carcasses of harvested deer is important in limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease. MDC also reminds hunters who harvest deer, elk or moose outside of Missouri and bring the animals back to follow…

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Fall is when hunting rules many outdoors schedules, but for some stream enthusiasts, this is the time of year to enjoy a form of fishing that has a long heritage in the Ozarks.

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A pack of dogs has been attacking cattle and other animals on farms in Dallas County near the Niangua River, according to Henry Thiesen, chief deputy of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, and Jim Portman, a cattle rancher.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation will sponsor one Hunter Education Skills Course from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Buffalo Veterans of Foreign Wars. Included in the training will be firearm safety, information about firearms and ammunition, tree stand safety, hands-on exper…

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is now offering an all-online bowhunter education course for Missouri residents 16 year and older. The new course offers a more flexible and convenient options to become bowhunter education certified. 

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November is still the prime month for deer hunters, but more and more whitetail enthusiasts are circling Sept. 15 on their calendars, too.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer hunters to know that it is offering free chronic-wasting-disease (CWD) sampling and testing of deer harvested anywhere in the state throughout the entire deer hunting season Sept. 15 through Jan. 15, 2019. 

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A new American-made Ruger PC Carbine will be given away at the dinner only at the annual banquet of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation’s Ozarks Highlands Chapter. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at Grace Community United Methodist Church in Buffalo. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation invites waterfowl hunters to participate in two live webcasts where staff will present results from MDC’s Managed Waterfowl Hunt Program Evaluation and answer participants’ questions. The live webcasts will be Sept. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. and Sept. 12 from…

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People usually associate pelicans with coastal areas, not Midwestern wetlands and lakes. However, for a brief period each fall and spring, the migration of these large birds provides a special wildlife viewing treat for people in this area.

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park invites the public to a Row With a Ranger event from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 2, at the park’s Spring Access parking lot. Led by Missouri State Park rangers, the event is designed to allow people of all ages to experience the fun of kayaking at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

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The 22nd annual Stockton Lake Cleanup Event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. The event is held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day and is sponsored by the Missouri Stream Team, Kansas City Frogman Dive Club and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Camp Arrowhead, Marshfield, will host the Outdoor Sportsman Event from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The free event will feature door prizes, a fish fry and children’s activities. Children under 12 years old bow shoot for free. Adults pay $10 to bow shoot. 

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What started as a local Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation chapter idea to get more local youth outdoors and involved at both the high school and junior levels, yielded fantastic results as the QUWF Jr. Bison Fishing Team qualified for the BassMasters JR. National Championship in Nashville…

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Once a quarter, the Springfield Writers’ Guild has a writing contest where it uses either a phrase or a photo prompt. This quarter’s prompt was a photo of a rickety swinging bridge that goes off into the foggy distance. Because I was one of the winners of last quarter’s contest, I was inelig…

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People regularly come in contact with water with pollutants and have no symptoms of illness, Cheryl Eversole, Dallas County Health Department Administrator said. 

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in Greene and Polk counties, which indicates that this unwanted tree pest is continuing its spread across Missouri.

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E. coli and coliform bacteria in the Niangua River at Lead Mine Conservation Area (CA) made Sara Rundle and her family sick on different occasions, the Tunas resident said.