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  1. Don't Call Your Whitetail Game on Account of Rain

    Like it or not, it sometimes happens that someone winds up doing a rain dance on the day you planned to go whitetail hunting. While you may not appreciate the result of such an activity, there are going to be days when you have to deal with a little, or a lot of, rain. Although forecasting has come a very long way, work schedules don't always cooperate with nature and sometimes the only choice you have is to get a little wet if you want to get a deer. The good news is that to a deer, rain...
  2. Practicing Treestand Safety

    If you were to imagine the most likely way you might injure yourself during hunting season, what would that be? Some might say snake bites while others could anticipate rolling an ankle while traversing rough terrain. Though both of these are possibilities, the leading cause of injuries during hunting season is actually attributed to something else entirely. Falls from treestands make up the bulk of injuries suffered by hunters during whitetail deer season. Although these falls happen with...
  3. The Feral Hog Problem in Missouri

    An ongoing and growing problem in Missouri as well as much of the rest of the country is feral hogs. These animals are prolific breeders, consume anything and everything in their path, and pose a great danger to whitetail hunters and hunting dogs alike. The chances of you encountering a wild hog in the woods absolutely does exist, and for such an encounter you should be prepared as hogs can cause severe injuries with their razor sharp tusks in a moment's notice. Photo: TX Farm Bureau The...
  4. Staying Safe on Unstaffed Ranges in Missouri

    At last summer has arrived and with it wonderful weather for time spent in the great outdoors. Though we still have many months until whitetail season begins in Missouri, there are plenty of other opportunities for enjoyment in the great outdoors. It is also possible to engage in shooting activities year round that will keep your skills sharp for when the season starts by putting in some time behind the line at your local shooting range. In many parts of Missouri there are shooting ranges...
  5. Embracing Urban Hunting in Missouri

    Depending on whom you ask, they might tell you it is enjoyable to take in the sights of a big city from time to time. Some enjoy the hustle and bustle of busy city streets and the plentiful opportunities to people watch. Without a doubt, there are many advantages and conveniences that come along with city life. Even so, the city is something a lot of us prefer to enjoy on our own terms in our own time rather than having the city come knocking on our front doors unannounced, yet that is more...
  6. Chronic Wasting Disease on the Move in Missouri

    Every year upon donning into our camo and stepping into the field, we have our eyes peeled for the deer of a lifetime. Ideally the deer we harvest will be healthy and in good body condition in addition to being worthy of mounting while putting many delicious meals on the table. This may be the goal, but more and more hunters may be surprised with another type of deer instead, that being one infected with Chronic Wasting Disease. Chronic Wasting Disease, also known as CWD, is in the family...
  7. The Unusual Antlers of a Cactus Buck

    By now it's no secret that it is possible to stumble across some interesting or downright bizarre things in the Missouri woods. Nature has a way of amazing us with mutations and adaptations that change the appearance of what has come to be accepted as normal into something else entirely. Sometimes this makes for small changes and in other cases quite impressive ones. Whether it is does with antlers or melanistic deer, sometimes we are surprised by what we find naturally occurring in the...
  8. Go Fish: Missouri Striped Bass Record Broken

    With the summer upon us and deer season still a few months away, many of us are in need of entertainment in the great outdoors. Although there are plenty of preparations we can make for the upcoming whitetail season in Missouri, there is also the option to relax and have fun now that warmer weather is upon us. Whether you wish to kick back and participate in a laidback activity or get out and play hard, there is something for everyone to enjoy this time of year. One such way to entertain...
  9. Watch where you step: Snake Safety in Missouri

    A lot of the appeal of hunting is the peace and quiet it affords us as we wait patiently for our quarry. That is something many of us prefer to face undisturbed and as a result, we go it alone during all or part of the season. The seclusion we prefer can be interrupted by many things, however, with one of the most unwelcome visitors being snakes. Though snakes tend to den up during the cold months during whitetail season in Missouri, it is not impossible to stumble across one. After all, one...
  10. The Impact of GMO's on Missouri Whitetails

    There have been news reports far and wide in recent years regarding Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMO's, and how they affect those who come into contact with them. These are essentially genetic manipulations of living organisms in order to create characteristics that are not naturally occurring but are said to be useful in terms of growth and development. For example, traits such as resistance to herbicides and insects are genetically created within crops, making them better able to...
  11. 5 Steps to Develop a Good Bow Hunting Ethic

    The excited anticipation present when setting out in a bow hunt only grows as you complete a successful harvest. Bringing home a deer taken with a bow sounds easy enough, right? Sure it is, provided you take into account a few necessary tactics and take the time to hone your skill before setting out on a hunt. Anyone can go out in the field with a bow and hunt, but it is entirely possible that person will come out of the woods with nothing to show for their time. It is only those who put in...
  12. Placing Game Cameras for Optimal Photo Opportunities

    Game cameras are a useful aid to hunters who want to get a visual on the type and number of deer present in a hunting area. If you've got your eye on that special buck you've seen in years past but haven't quite been able to get in the crosshairs, use of a game camera can let you know if he's still around and how he's looking at present. In order to capture deer on a game camera, placement is of the essence. It is not as simple and just affixing game cameras to any old tree in an ordinary...
  13. Food Plots: More than Just Grass to Eat

    If you own property on which deer forage, you may have considered food plots as a means to give deer more nutrition and sustenance options. It is widely known that deer eat a variety of foods in order to satisfy their consumption needs and established food plots are just another way in which their nutritional needs can be fulfilled. In addition to maintaining vegetation already present to keep it available to deer, adding a food plot can go a long way towards creating overall good health...
  14. Powassan Virus: More Potential Tick Trouble for Missouri Whitetail Hunters

    One of the pests with which Missouri whitetail hunters are well acquainted is the tick. For generations we've dealt with these unpleasant little creatures as they sunk their mouths hungrily into the deer we hunt, the dogs with which we hunt, and even us as hunters. We've gone to great lengths to prevent tick bites and avoid the diseases they can spread. These efforts are important in the past just as they are in the present and will be in the future, especially with yet another tick borne...
  15. Which Kill Zone Works Best for You?

    As responsible hunters, it is our goal to harvest deer quickly and with a single shot that will drop them soon after impact. This eliminates suffering on the deer's part as well as extensive tracking and difficulty locating the deer on the part of the hunter. While we all have an idea in mind as to where a well-placed shot should land, are you actually aiming where you should be? Photo: Hunting Net It has historically been touted that a well-placed, effective shot should be in the boiler...
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