Conservation

This category is for all Missouri conservation articles.

  1. Choosing Bucks Over Beef

    As whitetail hunters, we've all met at least one person who doubts or disapproves of what we do and why we do it. Although many arguments can be made against hunting by those who do not believe it in, one of the more common opinions has nothing to do with hunting so much as convenience. They simply ask us why we spend money on guns and ammunition or bow technology, put on all of our specialized gear, and go sit alone in the cold woods for hours on end when we could far more easily go down to...
  2. Increased Deer Harvest for November Firearms Season in Missouri

    Missouri's 10 day November firearms season (November 14th through the 24th) recently came to a close. During those 10 days, however, many hunters ventured forth into the woods in search of a deer to bring home. In a lot of cases, their efforts paid off with the result being a 14% increase in deer harvested this year during the month of November in comparison to last year during the same time period. The 2014 November season yielded a total of 166,383 deer harvested. In 2015, however, that...
  3. Share the Harvest Operation Going Strong in Missouri

    Having a belly full of a warm meal is a wonderful feeling. At the end of a long, hard day, we look forward to having a hot dinner waiting at home. As we sit down to that meal, we may sometimes dine without giving much thought to how lucky we are to have that food on the table. Whether it is venison on which we are dining or something else, the fact of the matter is that we are lucky to have food on the table, and there are many others who cannot say the same. That is where Share the Harvest...
  4. MDC Asks Hunters to Collar Colared Deer

    At one time or another, we've all seen something strange or unexpected in the woods. Sometimes we may gravitate towards the unusual whereas in other cases, the inclination may to be to gravitate away. A potentially uncommon sight, for example, could be a deer wearing a collar, but this is not something that Missouri hunters should avoid. In fact, quite the opposite is being encouraged in that you should collar that collared deer just as you would any other. The Missouri Department of...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Melanism: A Deer of a Different Color

    Imagine setting out into the hunt field in search of the prized whitetail you've been dreaming of for quite some time. In the distance you hear the rustle of foliage. You look up and can see an impressive rack peeking out from around a thicket. As you raise your gun and peer through the sites, a deer steps into view, only that deer does not have the traditional coat coloration of a normal whitetail. Instead, you are staring down the barrel at an all-black or nearly black deer. Photo: TX...
  10. Bills on tap to tackle MDC, slash budget, make licenses nearly free

    In Jefferson City there are a number of bills on tap in the state legislature that aim to trim the Missouri Department of Conservation's budget by cutting the Conservation Tax while others pose to do everything from forcing the agency to pay $500 to every motorist hit by a state-controlled deer to mandating dead deer be tested for CWD. In all, there are over a half dozen bills pending for the 98th General Assembly of the Show Me State. (Image from MDC) The breakdown is as follows: HB 315...
  11. The Presence of Antlered Does in Missouri

    Imagine seeing the buck of your dreams step into your sights. Your heart starts racing as you exhale calmly and squeeze the trigger. That stout buck with points aplenty becomes yours with the crack of a rifle. Elation ensues as you track your trophy, setting him up for photos and excitedly planning to share your hunting tale. As the adrenaline rush dies down, you flip your deer over to begin the process of skinning and gutting but something is amiss. Despite having antlers, the buck you just...
  12. 5 Diseases Affecting Whitetail Deer

    In a perfect world, deer, and other animals for that matter, would be unaffected by illness and disease. Unfortunately, this is far from the reality we know and there are several health issues that plague cervids. Although seeing disease in action may be a reasonably rare occurrence, it is still important that Missouri Whitetail hunters familiarize themselves with these diseases. Being able to recognize and identify disease will not only help prevent further spread but also reduces risks of...
  13. Share the Harvest Brings Venison Protein to Missourians in Need

    Hunger may be a problem that you frequently hear about in other countries, but it affects people right here in Missouri as well. Food banks provide relief for needy families on a regular basis, but as the holidays loom, the need for food donations increases. Although donations to food banks are often plentiful, the most typically given items are canned goods. While this is beneficial due to the fact that such items are non-perishable, it is much more difficult to meet the protein needs of...
  14. Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri

    When you set out on a hunting expedition in Missouri, you are going to be on the lookout for a healthy, robust whitetail deer to bring home. While an animal in good flesh that appears to be in overall good condition is the goal, there is a chance that you might see something else entirely while out in the field. One such example of a diseased, unhealthy deer is one that has Chronic Wasting Disease. Photo: Country Captures Chronic Wasting Disease, also referred to as CWD, is fatal to...
  15. Deer Diseases

    In my previous article about the dangers of whitetail deer, I mentioned some common deer diseases. But what are these diseases, and how harmful are they to humans? Deer are not domestic animals, and are susceptible to a wide range of viruses, parasites and bacteria. If you are curious about which types of diseases can affect deer, here is what to watch out for. Chronic Wasting Disease The state of Missouri has been rather stringent when it comes to instituting CWD zones, and various...
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