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CONTENTS

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8 10 Beware the Spooky Trout

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Brown trout are spawning but there’s more to trout fishing in October, but beware, those rainbows can be spooky this time of year.

Consider the Crossbow

Billie R. Cooper explores the controversy among hunters and wildlife managers concerning the sporting qualities of the crossbow and legal hunting during the regular archery season.

The Glorious 1st (of September)!

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For many September 1st is the beginning of hunting season. Some consider dove hunting is a family affair and opening day a deep-rooted tradition.

The Future of Hunting

Who are the true hunting role models? Which would you rather do ― rub elbows with fame or learn about turkey hunting?

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Keeping Yourself Dry: A Quick Guide to What You Need in a Shell

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20 From the Managing Editor: 6 Mountain Man Territory: 7 Missouri Department of Conservation News: 14 Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks News: 15 Hunting Guides - Missouri & Kansas: 18-19 4

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Recipes: 25 Directory - Bait &Tackle, Taxidermist: 26-27 Directory - Hunting, Guns, Clubs, Shows: 28-29 Cover Photo: Camouflaged bowhunter in tree stand at full draw. Photo by © beachnet ― Copyright ©2011 iStockphoto.

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Mountain Man Territory What ya mean, what happened to my first partner? Let’s put it this way, know how I’ve always told you to check your surroundings and what’s on the ground around you? Well, ole Hard Luck Jim forgot that lesson here about two years ago. He had et something that didn’t agree with him, and it just tore him up something fierce. Well, first thing ya know, here he is heading towards the brush again to get some relief, and after about three minutes go by, I hear the most horrendous screaming and caterwauling ya was ever to hear, and the worst part was that it was coming my way. I didn’t know whether to climb a tree, fetch up my horses and skedaddle or just stand my ground with my trusty rifle aimed in the direction the racket was coming from, when outa the brush comes Hard Luck Jim with his buckskin britches down to his knees, just a caterwauling and carrying on about how he had done gone and got himself bit by a rattlesnake. Now I’m a thinking he’s gotten bitten on the leg or something like that, when he cried out that he’s been bitten in the private area.

Timber Rattlercoiled and rattling; ready to strike. Photo Credit: NajaShots ©2011 iStockphoto LP.

Yup, I miss ole Hard Luck Jim. Now simmer down, Pilgrim, I did everything I could to help him. It’s just sometimes nature takes its own course and there’s nothing we can do no matter how hard we try.

Now where was I. Oh, yeah, well, I made him as comfortable as I possible could and he explained what had happened. It seems that he’d found a perfect log to squat over but failed to check his area out thoroughly, and on the other side of the log was a rattlesnake basking in the warmth of the morning sun. Now when the shadow of ole Hard Luck Jim's arse fell over the snake, naturally the snake woke up and seen what looked like two baby birds falling out of a nest. I reckon the rattlesnake figured he had lucked out by having a free meal come to him, so naturally he strikes without rattling cause he don’t wanna scare them two nekked baby birds. Now ya know what happened to ole Hard Luck Jim. That man had the worst luck of anybody I knowed. Guess that’s how he got his handle. Now, is that any way to respect those that has passed over before us? Git yourself up off the ground and quit that cackling afore I kick your’n rear-end. The worst part about ole Hard Luck Jim passing was the fact that the snake passed over also about the same time, and now they’r chasing each other in the Great Beyond. I swear if’n you don’t quit laughing I am gonna put a snake in your’n bedroll and then see if’n you learnt anything about checking your surroundings! Now let’s just get to my cabin.

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mountain man Recipe fried Rattlesnake Easiest if hung up by a cord behind the head. Slit down the middle of the underside, peel the skin down, and gut. Chop off the head well behind the venom gland and then cut off the tail. We cut the meat into about 2-inch pieces and fry like chicken. I just season with salt, pepper and paprika and coat in flour, then deep-fry. For those saying yuck, this is excellent meat ― white like frog legs. In the south, they even do roundups for rattlesnakes and fry them to eat.

Speaking of the south, I learned this in Georgia when we lived there many years ago, and I am asked many times how to make stewed onions, so I am including the recipe. Karen Mansell

Stewed Sweet Vidalia onions Onions contain a lot of water, so it takes many onions and a large pot to make a small batch of stewed onions. For my husband and me I use a 3-quart pot and 4-5 large sweet Vidalia onions. Peel and slice the onions as if you were making onion rings and separate the rings. Put about ½ to 1 inch of water in the bottom of the pot and dump in all the onion rings. Fill the pot full of onion slices — you will be amazed at how much they cook down. Cook over medium heat just until the water starts to boil, and then turn the heat down to a simmer. I use less butter than southern girls, so put about 2-3 tablespoons of butter on top of the onions, then salt and pepper to taste. Cover with a lid and let them cook until done, about 30 minutes or so, depending on your stove. I have even added peeled and sliced potatoes to this sometimes. I have also used the Texas sweet onion (as Vidalia are seasonal), and they are good, too.

pit Vipers In the United States, there are basically eight different varieties of rattlesnakes, all of them poisonous. Rattlesnakes don’t always rattle first before striking, as I have found out firsthand. Usually the rattling is a warning, but if caught dozing or unaware of your presence, it will strike out immediately if it thinks it is being threatened. Always seek medical help when bitten. In Missouri five poisonous snakes can be found — the cottonmouth, copperhead, western pygmy rattlesnake, the eastern massasauga and timber rattlesnake. All of these snakes are classified as pit vipers since they have fangs that are located in the upper jaw. So always check your surroundings when hiking or just wandering around.

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Beware the Spooky Trout! by Walt Fulps photo credit: walt fulps

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f you do a quick online search for trout fishing in October, you’ll probably find an impressive stack of articles focusing on the autumn brown trout spawning runs. And why not? The autumn migration is certainly prime time for hitting Taneycomo or one of our other trophy trout streams to hook into a whopper brownie. I’ve written those articles before, though, and I’ve gotten bored with them. There’s more to October trout fishing than casting for amorous lunkers! In fact, this time of year, the rainbow trout is almost maligned as an unworthy adversary, but that stops today!

If you like to deer hunt, you’re either a rifle hunter or a bowhunter at heart. Among bowhunters, there are those that like high-tech equipment, and those that prefer primitive weapons like wooden recurves without sights and cedar arrows — and for them, it’s the journey. If you’re a camper, you may prefer driving your RV to the campsite, or you may prefer putting 50 pounds of provisions in your backpack and hiking 10 miles into the wilderness before sleeping under the stars next to a smoldering campfire. If you’re a journey person, then this type of fishing will be right up your alley.

In Missouri, late August and early September is typically one of the slower times of the year for successful trout fishing, especially for those rivers relying on springs and runoff for their flow. Longer days, warmer temperatures and lower water levels all put the trout into a metabolic conundrum. They’re hungrier than normal, weaker than normal, and more vulnerable to predators than normal due to lower water levels. Even as conditions improve with the change of seasons, that “spookiness” will linger — one reason trout fishermen will often ignore rainbow trout this time of the year in favor of big stupid horny brown trout.

One nice thing about this variety of trout quest is that the trout are rarely picky, unless there’s a big insect hatch going on. Instead, you’ll be casting to fish that have survived a long hot summer and are now likely feeding opportunistically. The conditions are favorable for active feeding, and they’re feeling pretty skinny. In other words, if you offer a fly that looks somewhat like food, you should get plenty of hits. Instead, you’ll find it’s a technique that will separate the men from the boys. In a nutshell, you need to become a fishing ninja. The fly needs to drift to the trout without his being aware of your presence, so you’ll need to use your entire set of guerrilla fishing skills to avoid his senses.

In addition to chasing October browns, I love casting specifically for wild rainbows when the leaves begin to change, and “spooky” is certainly a good way to describe them. It’s been said that fishermen progress through different stages as their skills develop, with the first stage being something akin to “I just want to catch a trout.” Subsequent stages may include, “I want to catch 50 trout” to “I want to catch a trophy trout” to “I want to catch fish on flies I tied myself.” The type of fishing I’m talking about, though, is a bit more than that. Catching a stream-bred trout like this one from one of Missouri’s little wild trout creeks is an experience you’ll never forget.

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You’ll be casting to nervous fish holding in small patches of water. They’ll likely only give you one or two chances to do it right before they freak out, and if you hook that fish, he’s heading right for the nearest rootwad. So, this kind of fishing appeals mostly to fishermen more interested in the journey than the destination.

To avoid his sense of vision, approach the fish from downstream, making steeply angled upstream casts using a longer-than-normal leader. If you simply can’t come at him from this angle and instead find yourself in his line of sight, keep your head down, for Pete’s sake! Keeping a low profile when fishing small gin-clear creeks can be absolutely vital to success. You’ll also need to exercise some creative casting to place the fly from a good distance away and, I’m sure it goes without saying, you need to keep an eye on where your shadow falls. A trout’s sense of hearing and touch are almost the same thing, so beating him in this regard is pretty simple ― notice, I didn’t say “easy.” Vibrations travel much more quickly under water than they do through the air, so every splash, plop, line rip and clumsy stumble sound like a subsurface shotgun blast. And while a trout may be somewhat forgiving of those sounds under normal circumstances, a nervous trout like the ones we’re targeting this time of year is easily startled by any sudden sound. Silence is golden, as they say. Move slowly and gently through the water, and even though you may be casting sidearm or cross-armed, you still need to finish your cast with rod tip held fairly high, allowing your line to straighten out completely before dropping your rod tip and your fly gently to the surface. Easy, right? Don’t be intimidated. The challenge is a real blast. Hook into a big fish in little water this time of year, and you’ll know you’ve done something special. However, once you hook him, can you land Q him? Walt Fulps is the owner of Trout Hunter Guide Service, Trout Hunter Fly Fishing School, and Trout Hunter Replicas.You can reach him through his website, www.MissouriTroutHunter.com. www.WaterNWood.com

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Consider the Crossbow

by Billie R. Cooper

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month longbow season. Over the next 20 years, the deer population continued to grow. Crossbow hunter numbers increased almost 10-fold. In 2001-02, the crossbow season provided an estimated 1.8 million hunter-days of opportunity. Success rates for crossbow hunters hovered at almost 15 percent. Vertical bowhunter numbers increased during the same period with 15 percent of hunters successfully harvesting a deer.

unters and soldiers have been using the crossbow since well before the birth of Christ. The Chinese first used them in combat at the battle of Ma-Ling in 341 B.C. They were still being used by Montagnard peoples and U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam Conflict. In the last 20 years, crossbows have grown in popularity in the United States, sparking a hot controversy among hunters and wildlife managers concerning the sporting qualities of the weapon and whether or not they should be legal for hunting. Opponents to legalizing crossbows for hunting have long made the statements, “It will ruin bowhunting,” “it will wipe out the deer herd,” “they are unsafe,” “they do not have to be drawn and released by hand when the animal is within range,” “they’re too easy.” “They’re the number one threat to bow hunting,” is the stance taken by the North American Bowhunting Coalition. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) classifies the crossbow as a firearm. Webster’s Dictionary describes a firearm as any weapon from which a shot is fired by explosive force, especially such a weapon small enough to be carried as a rifle. While MDC has a world-wide reputation for its professional management practices, the agency has missed the mark drastically when defining the meaning of a crossbow and establishing regulations for its usage in the realm of hunting. In

Ohio biologists also discovered that crossbows provided another management tool for harvesting burgeoning urban deer populations. And another spin-off of legalized crossbow hunting has been a positive effect on the recruitment of women and children into the hunting sports and the retention of older hunters.

Photo Credit: Billie R. Cooper Crossbows are much more cumbersome to use in a tree stand than are compound bows. Missouri, it is legal to use a crossbow in lieu of a firearm to hunt wildlife. However, the only way a crossbow can be legally used to bowhunt is through a medical exemption.

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MDC is the most progressive conservation department in the nation, so why the negative attitude towards crossbows? Is there long-term research available to support the MDC stance against the Crossbow users must spend a great deal of practice time to ancient weapon? I have been become proficient because of the quick loss of energy of the writing about outdoor subjects short bolts. for 35 years and have never come across any such research or reports. Perhaps it is time for MDC to consider the longterm research of states such as Ohio and Arkansas. They, along with Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Wyoming, have had crossbow seasons for two decades. All their hunting statistics are positive. Ohio expanded its crossbow season in the 1982-83 seasons to coincide with its four10

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The statistics in all states that have legalized crossbow hunting are much the same — positive for hunters, wildlife managers, and the resource. So, there must be some other reason that MDC has not chosen to legalize crossbow hunting in Missouri during the regular archery season. Is it the energy issue? Simple physics — the power stroke of a compound is about 20 inches. That of a crossbow is about 12 inches. The shorter crossbow power stroke, combined with its short, thick limbs, creates a lower efficiency of energy transfer. That is why draw weights of crossbows need to be more than twice that of a compound bow in order to accelerate a similar weight arrow to the same speeds. Is it the range issue? Again, simple — crossbows lose their energy quickly, making them a 30-yard proposition, which preserves that inyour-face aspect of bowhunting. In addition, crossbow users must practice to gain tight shot groups just like the compound users. As far back as 1346, Genoese crossbowmen were defeated at Crecy by English longbowmen. It seems the issues of crossbow, compound, recurve or longbow has followed the same path that muzzleloader hunters traipsed a decade ago. The consideration then was how far to go. Should muzzleloaders have been restricted to flintlocks? Muzzleloaders have become very sophisticated, and MDC allows them for hunting.

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Many compound bow users fear that crossbow hunters will decimate the big buck population. Thirty years of statistics disprove that theory. Why does MDC stick to its ludicrous classification of crossbows as firearms, when in fact they are what their name implies — a type of bow that has been around for thousands of years? With the state’s extensive deer and turkey populations, why would MDC not want to extend the same hunting season to crossbow hunters that users of vertical bows enjoy? Also, why would MDC not want to see the influx of new hunters (women and children) that crossbow hunting would bring? In Minnesota, the traditional bowhunter’s interest in the sport peaks at age 39. Blown-out shoulders and

wrist and elbow problems attribute to some of that. It is a proven fact that in numerous states, crossbow seasons help to retain many of these individuals. I wonder how many millions of dollars the millions of man hours of crossbow hunting would add to our local economies each year. In the August 2007 issue of Field and Stream, in his article "The Skeptic’s Guide to Crossbows," Anthony Licata said, “Before you make up your mind about a crossbow, shoot Q one first.”

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In use since 2,000 B.C. Supplanted by the longbow, which is more accurate and faster to use Classified by the Pittman-Robertson Act as a bow rather than a firearm Legal in some form in 49 states Safe to use. Thirty years of statistical data indicate that accident rates involving cross bows are the same as vertical bows. No other season or bag limit has ever been reduced as a result of crossbow hunting being allowed. Success rates of crossbow hunters and vertical bow hunters are almost identical. Are not as accurate as a compound bow Will not shoot as far as a compound bow Do not decimate deer herds. Long range studies in several states indicate that deer herds flourish in spite of crossbow hunting. Retain older hunters who can no longer draw and hold a compound Bring the young and women into the archery sports Add hunter revenues to state conservation agencies' license sales Add economic stimulus to local economies through sales of food, lodging, equipment and fuel

Billie R.Cooper, from the Missouri Ozarks, earned a Masters in outdoor education from the University of Missouri, as well as a commission in the U. S. Army. He has written extensively about his life's passion, the outdoors, since 1972 and received honors from Missouri in 2000 and 2008 as both the Outdoor Educator of the Year and Conservation Communicator of the Year. Cooper is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and a lifetime member of the Missouri Outdoor Communicators and can be contacted at billrcooper801@gmail.com.

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by David M. Zumbaugh Both Missouri and Kansas have dedicated, managed dove fields available that prove productive year after year. These can be located with a simple web search or a map from a local wildlife department office. For the first few days of the season you can expect some “togetherness,” but the crowd thins out quickly over the ensuing weeks.

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here are innumerable sacred holidays, from different faiths around the globe marking the spiritual calendar, which are vital to cultural integrity and survival. Devoted outdoor types take their favored season openers so seriously that they rival such reverent occasions. For example, the first day of rifle season for deer hunting shuts down countless businesses in states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan every year. Dedicated pheasant addicts in Kansas consider the second Saturday in November a religious holiday and would never miss the chance to enlist in the orange clad invasion of foot troops on the central plains. But for so many, the September 1st opening of dove season is THE start of the hunting season, and it would be a sin to miss out on this deep-rooted tradition.

The plots of sunflowers, corn, milo, wheat stubble, lush stands of ragweed and mixed hardwood forest are a perfect abode for mourning doves. The managers either mow strips in these areas or run a tractor-pulled disc over the earth, turning the rich soil for the birds to forage an easy meal and add some grit to their digestive systems. Hunting access is fairly close to roads with easy walk-ins, but one could take a more vigorous hike to a far corner for a more private hunt.

Interestingly, dove hunting is mostly a casual affair that does not take a lot of knowledge, skill, gear or scads of specialFamilies like the Hunninghakes have ized habitat to gain success. Some drably been hunting doves at the Clinton Wildlife colored clothing, a bucket or folding chair Management Areas, near Lawrence, KS to sit on, cool drinks, ample patience, and for over 20 years. This year Mike had his a good dose of luck is all you need. There son Gabe and grandkids, Macy and are no particularly focused firearm types Aaron, out on opening morning. The one needs to shoot doves with and you excitement and anticipation of the mornwill see a wide variety from Daisy air ing’s hunt kept Aaron up most of the rifles to fancy Italian-made shotguns. preceding night, but his young eyes were Regardless, these gray-feathered missiles Mike Hunninghake and his granddaughter, Macey, still busy picking out doves at first light. are a challenging target for even the most prepare for the morning hunt. This exercise is a test in itself, as there experienced wing shooter. It is a good are also many other bird species in flight idea to remember to bring a can of mosquito repellent and sun block actively seeking their breakfasts. Macey claims she just likes the adointment and avoid tangles of poison ivy, as it is still summer, after all. venture and wants to make sure she gets to sample a few of the tasty grilled breasts when they get home. Aaron Hunninghake scouts doves at first light for his father, Gabe. Some hunters do take a more serious approach to this sport and devise strategic plans with tactics and schedules. Pre-hunt scouting ensures finding the usual flight patterns and morning and evening routines of the birds. Particular trees are preferred by doves for resting during the day and regrouping after feeding, so these are located and plotted. In some years, precious water is a commodity that doves are drawn to like a magnet, so favored ponds are popular destinations for hunters and game birds to congregate. Hunting buddies get together before the season to design elaborate, but portable, decoy structures that stand high in the sky and are successful at drawing in birds on the wing from far away. There are also modern, spinning wing imposters, powered by wind or batteries, that have proven extremely advantageous in attracting doves. In addition to publically accessible property, much effort is expended by purists to gain permission to hunt private acres. Again, careful thought goes into this process to 12

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Bushnell’s Grand Re-opening A Huge Success

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he grand re-opening of the Bushnell Factory Outlet located at 8500 Marshall Drive in Lenexa, KS held on August 26, 2011 was a huge success. Customers love the new layout and expanded space.

Nick Neff and his dog are more than happy to assist in finding birds downed by fellow hunters. find areas that hold birds and offer good shooting positions, but without standing crops or other impediments to gunning. Waterfowl or upland hunters who own sporting dogs see dove season as a bonus to get their animals tuned up on handling and retrieving with real birds. Many times these exercises identify incompetencies that need improvement, which can be worked on before quail or duck seasons begin. Due to the camaraderie commonly experienced in this glorious pastime, dog owners are more than happy to assist in finding birds downed by fellow hunters in thick cover. There are some precautions that need to be taken with dogs afield in September, however. A putrid pool of stagnant water contaminated with blue-green algae will not deter a hard-charging Labrador from taking a splashy romp on days with scorching temperatures. Numerous maladies can beset canines from a bad water source. Venomous snakes can be a concern in some areas, too. For those with long-haired dogs, cockleburs and sticktights can be a nightmare, adding hours of fur grooming to the end of a hunt.

photo credit: Andy Vering The store celebrated its 10-year anniversary with the grand re-opening to introduce the increased size —10,000 square feet of retail space — to consumers. The larger space will allow the company to more effectively showcase the wide array of products available under each of its 12 brands. One side of the store now features a 4,000-square- foot clearance center, where customers can take advantage of factory refurbished and closeout products.

When the shooting is slow, there are other benefits to getting outdoors at this time of year, including the chance to see some exotic animals. It is not uncommon to see hummingbirds visiting fall wildflowers for a last drink of nectar before moving on, or even bald eagles soaring in the clear blue sky. Regularly sighted are deer and turkeys whose coordinates should be noted for future visits with bow or rifle. Internal reflections reveal that neither the hunt nor the harvest is the most important aspect of the Glorious 1st; it the privilege of having such bountiful opportunity at our doorstep. The icing on the cake is enjoying a relaxed outing with your family or renewing old friendships every autumn. Sharing a sandwich with your father or grandfather in the field and seeing a child’s squealing excitement on his first mourning dove hunt, are unequaled rewards for outdoor clans. These are the memories that are forever cherished, long after the number of birds in the bag is Q forgotten. Dave Zumbaugh is a freelance writer, photographer and outdoor marketing consultant for outfitters and sporting lodges. He has a Masters degree in Biology from Fort Hays State. Zumbaugh has published articles/photos in Bird Dog and Retriever News, Sportsmans News, Family Fish and Game, Outdoor New Zealand, Houston Chronicle, Shawnee Dispatch, Southwestern Naturalist, Kansas Academy of Science and others. He has marketing projects with ESPN Outdoors, Traveling Wingshooter and more. He has a family legacy of the outdoor lifestyle.

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photo credit: Andy Vering Headquartered in Overland Park, KS, Bushnell Outdoor Products has been an industry leader in high-performance sports optics and outdoor accessories for more than 60 years, while calling Kansas City home for the last 19 years. For more information about the Lenexa Bushnell Factory Outlet, please contact the store at 913-310-0783. To learn more about Bushnell Outdoor Products, visit www.bushnell.com or call Q 800-423-3537. October 2011

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Missouri Department of Conservation News Weather Gives Endangered Prairie Chickens a Nesting Boost by Bill Graham

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issouri’s endangered prairie chickens got a major lift this summer from dry weather in June and continued refinement in how native grasslands are managed.

Three broods were raised by hens hatched at Wah’Kon-Tah since 2008. Hens from translocations in earlier years reared eight broods, and 16 hens translocated from Kansas this spring produced young.

The Missouri population dipped to a critically low number of about 100 prairie chickens sighted on mating grounds this spring, in a state that once had hundreds of thousands. However, favorable weather helped hens on MDC-managed prairies hatch and rear their young this summer.

Crews are able to monitor prairie chickens because many are outfitted with small radio transmitters. Biologists track them in the fields and chart on maps what habitat they use for feeding, nesting, loafing and roosting. “”The birds have shown a real preference for cattle-grazed areas, both on our native prairies and on neighboring private pastures as well,” Alleger said. Prairie chickens are fast flyers, but they spend most of their time walking, running, feeding and resting on the ground. Grazing opens up paths and open areas where it is easy for prairie chickens to move about amid grasses and wildflowers, and they are easier places for small chicks to catch bugs while feeding. But the ground dwellers also need dense cover for nesting or to escape from predators such as hawks. The public prairies are being managed in 40-acre patches so that grazed, burned and undisturbed areas are side-by-side, offering what biologists call a soft edge.

“We had an apparent nesting success of almost 80 percent, which is phenomenal,” said Max Alleger, grassland bird coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). “Most studies show that nesting success in stable populations is usually 50 percent.” Habitat loss since the 1800s reduced the state’s prairie-chicken numbers to dozens in scattered flocks as this century began. Starting in 2007, cool and rainy weather caused severe chick mortality during nesting and brood-rearing seasons, causing problems for a struggling species where adults have an average life span of two-to-three years due to predators and natural mortality. In 2008, MDC crews began trapping prairie chickens in Kansas and releasing them at the Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie near El Dorado Springs. A small native flock survived at the Taberville Prairie Conservation Area to the north, but no prairie chickens remained at Wah’Kon-Tah as the translocation project began. The Kansas birds began a new flock, but torrential rains and unseasonably cool temperatures limited nesting success each spring through 2010.

“The chicks need to be able to get out in the sun in the morning and let the dew dry off,” Alleger said. “But when the hawks fly over, they also need places to hide.” A five-year prairie-chicken restoration program at Wah’Kon-Tah with translocated Kansas birds, radio telemetry monitoring and habitat studies concludes in 2012. This summer’s brood success is a hopeful sign that with moderate weather and habitat management, such as grazing, the iconic symbol of grassland birds can rebound there and be restored elsewhere. “If we can get two or three years in a row with drier weather,” he said, Q “it could make all the difference in the success of the project.”

Then relatively dry weather this June, coupled with good variety in nesting and feeding habitat, brought a welcome surge in brood counts, and the number of chicks reaching a self-reliant size by summer’s end. MDC crews located 29 prairie-chicken nests this summer at Wah’KonTah and Taberville prairies in St. Clair County. Of those, they determined that hens in 23 nests hatched broods. Biologists and students from the University of Missouri-Columbia directly observed 52 chicks during field work. “It’s encouraging,” Alleger said, “and we’ve seen the same thing with turkeys and quail. I think the dry weather helped all the ground-nesting birds.”

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Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism News Failed Corn Crop Manipulation May Make Fields Off-Limits to Waterfowl Hunting With the recent failed corn crops in Kansas due to this year’s drought, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reminds all hunters and landowners of federal waterfowl hunting regulations concerning crop manipulation (baiting). Farm producers who use their land for hunting, or lease the hunting rights on their land, need to make sure they are following federal waterfowl hunting regulations concerning baiting. “With the drought and heat conditions in Kansas this year and the failed corn crops in parts of Kansas, farmers are looking to manipulate some crops to prepare the fields for next year,” says Kenny Kessler, USFWS special agent. “As a waterfowl hunter or land manager, it is your responsibility to know and obey all federal and state laws that govern the sport. While it is permissible to manipulate a crop for dove hunting, the only legal hunting that can occur for waterfowl is if, under these circumstances, the crop is ‘normally’ harvested,” Kessler explains. “Rotary mowing of a corn crop, for example, would not be a ‘normal’ harvest, and therefore, hunting waterfowl would not be allowed on or near the areas manipulated.” Hunters should avoid hunting waterfowl over unharvested crops that have been trampled by livestock or subjected to other types of manipulations, such as disked down crops where grain has better scattered or exposed. Areas where grain is present and stored, such as grain elevators and grain bins, are illegal to hunt waterfowl over, as are areas where grain is present for the purpose of feeding livestock. Additionally, hunting over freshly planted wildlife food plots that contain exposed grain is illegal. Finally, it’s illegal to hunt croplands where a crop has been harvested and the removed grain is redistributed or “added back” onto the area where grown. On the other hand, waterfowl hunting is allowed in fields of unharvested standing crops, including over standing crops that have been flooded. It’s also permissible to flood fields after crops are harvested and use these areas for waterfowl hunting. It’s advisable for landowners to follow normal harvesting timelines if corn fields are planned to be used for hunting waterfowl.

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The Future of Hunting?

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by Steve Felgenhauer

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didn’t intend to go in this direction, but after being bombarded with Facebook photos of hunting heroes and watching an hour of hunting shows, I’ve got to ask, is this what hunting means to most people?

Looking from the outside in, our hunting hero’s life looks pretty sweet ― hunting and traveling across the U.S. and abroad hunting elk, mule deer or African game. Oh, what a life, you say. In reality, many of the shows you watch are just ordinary folks paying a lot of money to be hunting heroes. These heroes have put their houses and life savings on the line for the sake of being on TV. Let me tell you future hunting heroes, there is little monetary reward, unless you are lucky ― think Michael Waddell, but even Waddell didn’t just happen. We have all seen the trucks with the full wraps of a local hunting hero or listened as they gave a seminar. These guys are working their butts off for product, at best. Many dream of fame; few obtain it. I found an interesting quote by author Daniel Boorstin,” Celebrityworship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models. We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great. We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety.” Can this apply to the hunting fraternity? Are we making the folks on these hunting shows out to be celebrities or heroes? I have no problem with them being celebrities, but heroes? I’ve watched fans at the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention line up and wait for hours to get an autograph from Lee & Tiffany, while pioneers of modern turkey hunting like Preston Pittman sat at his empty booth, scratching his head. Which would you rather do — rub elbows with fame or learn about turkey hunting? Believe me, a few minutes with Preston and you will learn something about turkey hunting no matter your experience level, but Preston and many of the pioneers will admit to being turkey hunters, nothing more.

Keeping it real

Turkey hunting legends Preston Pittman and Ray Eye discuss tactics, good times and days gone by. I’ve taken several bucks, one particularly good buck when I was much younger, yet I have never danced around in celebration, and if I had, my father would have ensured that I would have not been hunting again anytime soon. No fanfare, no tape measure, none needed, thank you. I am not out there for kudos from anyone. I am there for me — selfish as it may sound. For the oldsters reading this, think about how you began your hunting career. Was it chasing deer or turkey? It was most certainly not that way when I began. I started my hunting career following behind my father while he hunted squirrels and rabbits. Oh, how I wished I could go deer hunting, but Dad deemed me not ready yet. While every kid is different, an apprenticeship is not a bad idea. Hunting small game teaches young would-be hunters patience and woodsmanship. It has a higher success rate and none of the “Big Buck” pressure observed on the hunting shows. I don’t want to take anything from the youngsters with television shows. Of course, young people relate to young people much better than they would with an old coot like me, but “keeping it real” should be more than just a saying on the hunting shows.

TV shows and the truth

I was watching a show in which a well-known hunter shot a nice buck. He immediately began dancing around like a chicken, and once his entourage arrived, a tape measure appeared, and they started measuring the antlers.

I’ve missed deer, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, squirrels and lots of other game; this is how hunting really is. Yet how often do you watch a TV show where the hero doesn’t connect? The reason? Missing doesn’t sell product.

My Baby! Touch my baby! Though Waddell is a nice guy, he’s just a hunter, not a hero.

TV shows are hard work. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. I have not been part of many, other than behind the scenes (I have a face for radio). The moment of truth must be filmed, and it must be timed so the camera catches all the action. Then there are the cutaways — the close-up of our hero as he takes the gun off safety and is ready to fire. Then there is the rundown of sponsors’ products. It sounds like a NASCAR race winner. I expect them to switch hats during this segment. So, do we have to give up our hunting TV shows? Well, of course not! They are entertaining, but so are Saturday morning cartoons and Foghorn Leghorn, who, by the way, also dances around like a chicken. The love of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors, combined with writing, sent Water ‘N Woods contributor Steve Felgenhauer down his current career path as a gunsmith and writer. His byline has appeared in NWTF’s Turkey Country, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Gun Digest and Bass Pro Shops OutdoorSite Library, just to name a few. To contact Felgenhauer, email him at sfoutdoors@live.com.

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MISSOURI HUNTING SCHEDULES QUICK GUIDE FOR 2011 & 12 ©Water `N Woods. 2011, All Conceptual Designs & Reprint Rights Reserved

Furbearers Season Deer Archery - 1st Half Deer Archery - 2nd Half Deer - Urban Deer Youth Deer Firearms Deer Muzzleloader Deer Antlerless Furbearers Groundhog Rabbit Squirrel Coyote

Missouri Bird Hunting Seasons and Limits

Common Snipe Crow Dove Pheasant Youth Pheasant Northern Zone Pheasant Southern Zone Quail Youth Quail Ruffed Grouse Sora and Virginia Rails Turkey Archery 1st Half Turkey Archery 2nd Half Turkey Fall Firearms Woodcock Teal Ducks

Waterfowl Waterfowl North Zone Waterfowl Middle Zone Waterfowl South Zone

Sep 1, 2011 Nov 1, 2011 Sep 1, 2011 Oct 29, 2011 Nov 1, 2011 Dec 1, 2011 Oct 29, 2011 Nov 1, 2011 Oct 15, 2011 Sep 1, 2011 Sep 15, 2011 Nov 23, 2011 Oct 1, 2011 Oct 15, 2011 Sep 10, 2011 Youth Hunts Oct 22-23, 2011 Oct 22-23, 2011 Nov 19-20, 2011

See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above

Possession

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 No Limit No Limit 12 20 No Limit

8 No Limit 15 2 2 1 8 8 2 25 2 2 2 3 4 Canada Geese

16 No Limit 30 4 4 2 16 16 4 25 2 2 2 6 8 Whitefronted

Oct 1-9, 2011 Nov 24, 2011& Nov 24, 2011- Jan 31, 2012 Nov 24, 2011-Jan 22, 2012 Jan 31, 2012 Oct 29 - Dec 27, 2011

Nov 5, 2011 - Jan 3, 2012

See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above See Zones Above

Comments Open Statewide Open Statewide In eleven counties. Permits & regulations apply

Open Statewide Open Statewide Open Statewide In 73 counties Statewide (Beaver trapping thru March 31)

No Limit/Open Statewide No more than 2/4 swamp rabbits Open Statewide Restr apply during deer and turkey seasons.

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Dec 16, 2011 Mar 3, 2012 Nov 9, 2011 Oct 30, 2011 Jan 15, 2012 Dec 12, 2011 Oct 30, 2011 Jan 15, 2012 Jan 15, 2012 Nov 9, 2011 Nov 11, 2011 Jan 15, 2012 Oct 31, 2011 Nov 28, 2011 Sep 25, 2011 Ducks Regular Season

Ducks & Geese Mallards Black ducks Canvasback Hooded Mergansers Pintails Redheads Scaup Wood ducks Mottled ducks Light geese Canada geese White-fronted geese Brant geese

Bag Limit 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 No Limit No Limit 6 10 No Limit

Close Dates Open Dates Nov 11, 2011 Sep 15, 2011 Jan 15, 2012 Nov 23, 2011 Oct 10, 2011 Oct 7, 2011 Nov 5-6, 2011 & 2nd 1/2 Jan 7-8, 2012 Nov 22, 2011 Nov 12, 2011 Dec 27, 2011 Dec 17, 2011 Dec 4, 2011 Nov 23, 2011 Jan 31, 2012 Nov 15, 2011 Dec 31, 2011 May 9, 2011 Feb 15, 2012 Oct 1, 2011 Feb 15, 2012 May 28, 2011 Mar 31, 2012 May 9, 2011

Daily Bag Limit

Possession

4 (2 females)

8 (4 females)

1 1 2 1 2 2 3 1 20 3 2 1

2 2 4 2 4 4 6 2 No Limit 6 4 2

Open Statewide Open Statewide Open Statewide Northern Zone Only

Open Statewide Open Statewide See Open Counties at MDC

Open Statewide Contingent upon final Federal Framework

Light Geese (Snow/Blue/Ross's) Oct 29, 2011- Jan 31, 2011 Bag Limit: 20 Conservation order: Feb 1-Apr 30, 2012

Limit

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Furbearers Season Deer Archery - 1st Half

Open Dates Sep 19, 2011

Close Date

Bag Limit Possession

Comments

Dec 31, 2011

1

1

Deer Archery - Ext. Anterless Jan 9, 2012

Jan 31, 2012

1

1

Deer Youth & Disability

Sep 10, 2011

Sep 18, 2011

1

1

Deer Firearms

Nov 30, 2011

Dec 11, 2011

1

1

Deer Muzzleloader

Sep 19, 2011

Oct 2, 2011

1

1

Deer Antlerless Extended

Jan 1, 2012

Jan 8, 2012

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Antelope Firearms Season

Oct 7, 2011

Oct 10, 2011

1

1

ELK - Archey

Sep 19, 2011

Dec 31, 2011

1

1

ELK - Firearm

Nov 30, 2011

Dec 31, 2011

1

1

Holders of Any-Elk Permits

Furbearers

Nov 16, 2011

Feb 15, 2012

No Limit

No Limit

Statewide (Beaver trapping thru March 31)

Bullfrogs

Jul 1, 2011

Oct 31,2012

8

24

Area Open: Statewide

Rabbit

Jan 1, 2011

Jan 1, 2012

10

30

Open All Year - Cottontail & Jackrabbit

Squirrel

Jun 1, 2011

Feb 28, 2012

5

20

Area Open: Statewide

Kansas Bird Hunting Seasons and Limits

(DMU 19 and Fort Leavenworth only)

Statewide

Note Below (RS = Regular Season)

Common Snipe Crow Dove Pheasant Youth Season Pheasant (RS) Prairie Chicken (RS) Prairie Chicken (RS) Quail Quail Youth Sandhill Crane Turkey Gun (Spring) Turkey Gun (Fall)

Sep 1, 2011

Dec 16, 2011

8

16

Area Open: Statewide

Nov 10, 2011

Mar 10, 2012

No Limit

No Limit

Area Open: Statewide

15

30

Area Open: Statewide

Nov 5, 2011

Nov 6, 2011

2 cocks

in season

Area Open: Statewide

Nov 12, 2011

Jan 31, 2012

4 cocks

in season

Area Open: Statewide

Nov 19, 2011

Jan 31, 2012

2

4

Nov 19, 2011

Dec. 31, 2011

1

2

(RS) - East and Northwest zones (RS) -Southwest zone

Nov 12, 2011

Jan 31, 2012

8

16

Area Open: Statewide

Nov 5, 2011

Nov 6, 2011

4

8

Area Open: Statewide

Nov 9, 2011

Jan 5, 2012

3

6

Area Open: Statewide

Apr 1, 2011

May 31, 2011

1

1

Units 2, and 3

Oct 1, 2011

Nov 29, 2011

1

1

Units 1, 2, and 3

Turkey Gun (Part 2 & 3 Fall)

Dec 12-31, 2011

Jan 9-31, 2012

1

1

Units 1, 2, and 3

Woodcock Teal Ducks

Oct 15, 2011

Nov 28, 2011

3

6

Area Open: Statewide

High Zone, Sept 17-25

Low Zone, Sept 10-25

4

8

Contingent upon final Federal Framework

Waterfowl ZONES

Sept.1 - Oct 31 & Nov 5-13, 2011

Daily Bag Possession Limit Limit

Youth Hunts

Regular Seasons

Ducks High Plains Zone

Oct 1-2

Oct 8-Jan 2 & Jan 21-29, 2012

6

12

Ducks Early Zone

Oct 1-2

Oct 8-Dec 4 & Dec 17-Jan 1, 2012

6

12

Ducks Late Zone

Oct 22-23

Oct 29-Jan 1 & Jan 21-29, 2012

6

12

Ducks Southeast Zone

Oct 22-23

Nov 5-Jan 8 & Jan 21-29, 2012

6

12

5 (2 females)

8 (4 females)

1

2

Hooded Mergansers, Pintails, Redheads and Scaup

2

4

Wood ducks

3

6

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Possession Limit

Area Open: Statewide

3

6

Note: By special conservation order, light geese may also be taken from Feb. 13 April 30, 2012. During this period, there will be no bag or possesion limit on light geese.

Mallards Black ducks and Canvasback

Geese

Early Season

Late Season

Canadian Geese

Oct 29 - Nov 6, 2011 Nov 9, 2011-Feb 12, 2012

White-Fronted Geese

Oct 29 -Jan 1, 2012

Light Geese

Oct 29 - Nov 6, 2011 Nov 9, 2011-Feb 12, 2012

Feb 4-12, 2012

2

4

20

No Limit

Comments The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, which may include no more than the individual species limits listed.

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Keeping Yourself Dry: A Quick Guide to What You Need in a Shell by Alex Riester

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s we are thrust deeper and deeper into the depths of fall, with thunderstorms providing endless nighttime entertainment, we all think about how happy we are not to be outside during this weather. However, the inevitable day will come — you will be on a trail, in a canoe, or watching a younger sibling play football when a freak microburst thunderstorm will drench you and all those around you, and you will wish you had a serious rain jacket, instead of the $5 trash bag with a hood you paid $20 for just because it was at a stadium. We have all been in a similar situation before, and we all need to be prepared for rain. Whether you need a $500 Gore-Tex Pro Shell or just a simple rain jacket, all of that depends on the activities you plan on doing in your jacket. I have found that with most everything in the outdoor industry, you can pick your choice of three things: weight, price or durability. It is impossible to get all three in a tent, a sleeping bag, a backpack, footwear or even a rain jacket. Rain jackets have another option to choose from, and that is breathability. Your $5 trash-bag-turned-rain-jacket has zero breathability. Your bare skin has maximum breathability, but zero protection. Once you decide whether you are going to sacrifice weight, price, durability or breathability, then your decision-making process will become much easier.

($99). The more you wear them, the quicker they will wear out. You may start to notice the inner fabric of the jacket peeling off from the shell; this is a process known as “delaminating.” When this happens, just contact the manufacturer and it will most likely get you a new jacket. The other type of 2.5-layer jacket is a laminate. These jackets cost quite a bit more than the coating, but will never wear out. The jacket consists of an outer shell glued directly to the jacket to protect the waterproof fabric so it feels like one layer. The half layer is the texture put onto the interior of the jacket so it will wick away sweat and moisture and keep you dry. If you were to feel a 2.5-layer jacket, it would feel like one piece of fabric, unlike the 2-layer jacket that feels like two jackets sewn together. Some examples of a 2.5-layer laminate jacket are the Marmot Aegis Jacket ($149) or any jacket with Gore-TexPaclite ($200+). The most durable of all rain jackets is the 3-layer. Unfortunately, this is also the most expensive. A true 3-layer jacket will consist of three layers, including an outer shell protecting the waterproof membrane on the interior, and another layer next-to-skin providing perspiration an escape route. These jackets are made for the most abusive athletes, including alpine climbers and extended trip backpackers. Any Gore-Tex Pro Shell you see is a 3-layer jacket, and these start at $400 and go upwards of $600. This is intended to be the last rain shell you will ever need. People are still using their original Gore-Tex shells from over 30 years ago. As with anything in the outdoor industry, you get what you pay for.

Rain jackets come in three different layers: 2-layer, 2.5-layer, and a 3-layer. The 2-layer jacket will be heavy, moderately priced, durable and breathable. These jackets consist of two separate layers, one being a nylon shell on the outside that will keep you dry from precipitation, and a Some neat features to look for in all rain mesh liner attached to the interior of the shells include seam taping, the fit, helmetjacket to keep you dry from perspiration. Due Marmont Aegis compatible hoods, pit zips, vents, fleeceto the dual nature of these jackets, they tend to Jacket lined collars, waterproof zippers or flaps be very heavy and bulky, best used for an urban over the zippers, pocket placement, and adventure, canoeing or any other activity where stretch. weight and bulk do not play a factor. A well-made 2layer jacket will last many, many years as long as you take care of it. I recommend the Mountain Hardwear Ampato Jacket ($235) Have fun shopping for your new shell. I hope my article assists you in or the Patagonia Storm Jacket ($249). Something to keep in mind if a your decision-making. Do not forget that you will always sacrifice at 2-layer jacket is what you want or currently have, when retreating it least one of the three qualities in all products of the outdoor industry: for increased waterproofness, you do not want to use a wash-in water price, durability, weight, and in the case of rain shells, breathability. repellent. Use the spray-on. If you use the wash-in, then it will clog Keep in mind this jacket is an investment and something you will have Q for the next 30+ years. the pores in the mesh lining and render the breathability useless. If you are a backpacker or your mantra is "always be prepared" and you always have a jacket in your purse, than a 2.5-layer jacket is the type for you. There are two types of 2.5-layer jackets — coating and laminate. The coating on a jacket usually is a polyurethane derived chemical sprayed onto the fabric to make it waterproof. These jackets tend to be lightweight, compressible and cheap. A good example would be the Marmot Precip Jacket ($99) or The North Face Venture Jacket 20 Water `N Woods™

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Alex Riester grew up canoeing and kayaking with his father. His most recent adventures include excursions to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, the Green River in Utah, and backpacking in the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Riester is married to wonderful woman, Kaitlyn, and together they have an Alaskan malamute named Denali, Riester’s other partner in crime. Alex currently works at Backwoods in Overland Park, KS. He enjoys canoeing, backpacking, canyoneering and just about anything else that includes sleeping in a tent.

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Outdoor Goals

Kansas City Safari Club Can Help You Meet Them by David Soine

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s the worldwide leader in supporting the freedom to hunt, Safari Club International (SCI) and the Kansas City Chapter of SCI are committed to helping individuals around the world meet their outdoor goals. Alex and Ian Olsen, of Raymore, Missouri, had a goal of participating in the 4-H Hunter’s Skills competition held this summer in San Antonio, TX. Teams from 30 states — including 470 individual competitors — took part in the three-day competition, consisting of shooting and non-shooting events. Thanks in part to the support of the Kansas City Chapter of SCI, these young men were able to meet their goal of participating in the competition, and as it turns out, they did very well.

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“Our team met several times to practice for this event, and all the preparation paid off. Our team placed first every day and also placed first overall. All four of our team members placed in the top ten every day, and we were all in the top five overall. Ian placed fifth, first, and eighth the three days and third overall. I placed second, third, and first the three days and first overall,” remarked Alex. The Kansas City Chapter of SCI was able to support Alex and Ian in this way thanks to the success of the club’s primary fundraising activity, the Kansas City Hunter’s Expo. They are just one example of the many diverse groups in our region supported by SCI. The next Hunter’s Expo is coming to the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, February 24-26, 2012, and the club hopes that you can be a part of it. Whether you are trying to meet one of your outdoor goals or looking for the next one, the Hunter’s Expo can broaden your horizons significantly and help you make it happen.

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Trophy TrophyRoom Room Send Your Trophy Photos

September 11, 2011, Troy Beene reeled in this 18-inch, 3-pound 10-ounce, lunker crappie.

Les Bone downed this nice 10-point buck during the 2010 gun season.

Doug Piper scored this 12-point buck in Albany, MO during the 2010 gun season.

Jennifer Piper shows off her second doe of the 2010 gun season.

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Exotic Game

Boone & Crocket Record Class Whitetails

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ired of hunting for good land with game? Don’t have the time to spend scouting in the woods? Don’t have the time to take a two-week trip to a faraway place to hunt? Want trophies that are worth going after on your limited time to hunt? If you’ve said, “Yes” to any or all of those questions, good news ? We found the perfect option for you.

Hedge Hollow Ranch, located just south of the Kansas City metro in Adrian, MO, offers hunting opportunities to bring home the trophies you’ve always dreamed of getting. Locally-owned and operated by Dan and Jerry Hertzog, it is a full-service, family-operated big game hunting ranch. “We offer a wide variety of native game, exotic game, super-exotic game, wing shooting and more. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides and staff are dedicated to making your hunting adventure one of the most exciting and memorable hunts you'll ever experience,” said Dan. “Best of all for our guests is that all of our hunts are backed by a no-game, no-pay policy.” The typography at Hedge Hollow Ranch offers a mix of rolling timber, prairie, ponds and streams that stretch across more than 11 miles. Hunters can experience a variety of hunting methods, including still

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hunts, spot and stalk hunts, or hunts from blinds. “One thing you won't see or hear at our ranch are noisy vehicles driving around the ranch disturbing the game or the hunters,” said Dan. “All of our hunts are fair-chase rifle, handgun or archery hunts. We want to put you in touch with nature and the thrill of the pursuit. We are all professionals at pursuing and harvesting trophy game.” Hedge Hollow’s trophy packed log cabin lodge accommodates up to seven hunters, and offers a "rough'n it" atmosphere, but with all the modern amenities. Hunters are served delicious, home-cooked meals during their stay, which include a large country breakfast, lunch and supper. The ranch is fully handicap-accessible. Dan says, “We are happy to accommodate those who have trouble walking or have other disabilities that might prevent them from enjoying a hunting adventure at many of the other big game hunting ranches.” Kids are welcome and encouraged at Hedge Hollow Ranch, and it offers first-time youth discounts. “It just doesn't get much better than sharing an exciting hunt with your son or daughter, creating those memories that last a lifetime,” said Dan. The ranch offers everything from lodging and meals, thrilling guided Record Class Big Game Hunts hunts, dressing game, skinning and packing, to even arranging for your game processing and trophy taxidermy work. Hedge Hollow Ranch is a fully-licensed, big game, guided hunt operation located in west-central Missouri. It offers fairchase hunts for a wide range of game, including native game, exotic game, game birds, and more. The ranch also offers fishing and trap shooting and can host outdoor events. You’ll have access to over 1,000 acres of private land just brimming with trophy game. No more going home empty.handed after a long day in the woods. For more information about Hedge Hollow Ranch in Adrian, MO, call Dan Hertzog 816-805-2611 or visit www.hedgehollowranch.com. October 2011

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Bushnell Elite Tactical Scopes Are Professional Grade

he new Bushnell Elite Tactical series scopes are built to withstand the rigors of the field, whether in military and law enforcement situations, three gun competition or countless rounds at the range. The Elite Tactical series features the best Bushnell has to offer― optical excellence, precision engineering and rock-solid reliability. With fully multi-coated optics and the new anti-reflective Ultra Wide Band (UWB) Coating, Elite Tactical riflescopes deliver light transmission across more of the visible light spectrum than before. What that means for shooters is enhanced clarity, exceptional brightness and true color from dawn to dusk.

The 100 percent waterproof, fog proof and shock proof Elite Tactical series is now more reliable than ever, thanks to the newly introduced Argon-purging process. Argon provides added resistance against corrosion, longer seal life and reduced chances of fogging. Another benefit of Argon is that

it conducts heat at a slower rate, drastically reducing thermal conduction within the scope to provide long-lasting performance. Bushnell takes all-weather performance a step further with its patented RainGuard® HD lens coating. The permanent, water-resistant finishes causes moisture from rain, snow, sleet and condensation to bead up and scatter less light, giving shooters a clear view when weather conditions become a challenge. Elite Tactical scope tubes are hammer-forged from high-quality, rugged T6061 aluminum. The scopes feature target turrets for rapid adjustment to range and windage. The Elite Tactical Series product line includes seven riflescopes, including one fixed 10x magnification scope and two first focal plane riflescopes with illuminated reticles and .1 Mil adjustments. Backed by the Elite Bullet-Proof Warranty ― a no questions asked one-year replacement warranty ─ the Elite Tactical series is one of the finest lines of riflescopes on the market. Elite Tactical Scopes, along with many other hunting accessaries, are available at the Bushnell Factory Outlets at 445 NW Murray Road, Lee's Summit, MO, 816-525-2220 or 8500 Marshall Drive, Lenexa, KS, 913-310-0783. For more information about the Elite Tactical Q series, visit the product section at www.bushnell.com. 24 Water `N Woods™

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Roast Wild Turkey

Trout Hunter Replicas For Catch & Release Anglers

IngREDIEnTS

1-10 to 12 pound wild turkey (fresh or frozen will work) 12 tablespoons butter softened 4 garlic cloves minced 1 teaspoon course sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 cup white wine 2 teaspoons Baby Bam (recipe found at www.emerils.com)

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Begin preparing the turkey the night before you plan to bake it. Combine butter, garlic, salt, pepper, white wine and Baby Bam until mixture is smooth. Loosen the turkey's skin with your fingers being careful not to tear it and rub the spice butter mixture under the breast skin and place in a plastic cooking bag. Refrigerate overnight. Remove turkey from refrigerator at least 1 hour before cooking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Allow a total roasting time of about 15 minutes per pound or until turkey has internal temperature of 160 degrees. Remove the turkey from oven and cover with foil, let rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Plum Sauce IngREDIEnTS

6 large plums, peeled and diced 2 jalapeno peppers, minced with the seeds removed 1/4 cup onions, minced 1/4 cup cilantro, minced 3 tablespoons brown sugar

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Combine the plums with peppers, onions, cilantro and brown sugar and cook over medium heat until it begins to breakdown. Serve with turkey.

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Hunting, Bait, Tackle & Outdoor Supplies

Bait & Tackle Supplies Kansas City Missouri Areas

Bait & Tackle Supplies Western Kansas Areas

Bait & Tackle Supplies Lakes of the Ozarks Area

burton's bait & Tackle 816-532-4659 119 N Us Highway 169, Smithville, MO Live Bait, Tackle, Sporting Goods, Hunting.

Al's bait & Tackle 913-328-2248 7830 Leavenworth Rd., Kansas City, KS Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods.

baker's bait & Tackle 660-547-3350 205 N Highway 65, Lincoln, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods.

Dick's Sporting goods (Lee's Summit) Summit Woods Crossing 816-525-3006

bass pro Shop 913-254-5200 12051 Bass Pro Dr., Olathe, KS 66061 Hunting Fishing Goods, Boat Dealers

bait & bagel marina 573-964-0510 39 Knox Rd., Rocky Mount, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Marina.

brown's bait & Tackle 1000 S Payne St., Olathe, KS LiveFishing Bait & Tackle.

bryant’s osage outdoors 716 N Main St, Laurie, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle

Dick's Sporting goods (Independence) Bolger Square 816-350-0089 Dick's Sporting goods (north Kansas city) Zona Rosa New Urban Retail Center 816-436-3524

913-764-8675

800-909-3528

Dick's Sporting goods (South Kansas city) Ward Parkway Mall 816-363-1198

cabela's 913-328-0322 10300 Cabela Drive Kansas City, KS Hunting Fishing Goods, Boat Dealers

fishermans paradise 573-302-1184 5267 Highway 54, Osage Beach, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle,

Rogers Sporting goods 816-781-9026 320 N 291 Hwy Liberty, MO. Archery, Hunting Equipment & Supplies, Fishing Bait & Tackle.

The Dam Store 11149 39th St, Perry, KS

gier's bass pro & Liquor 573-392-4791 105 W 4th St., Eldon, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods.

blue parkway bait & pet 816-861-0041 6921 Blue Pkwy., Kansas City, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods. 40 woods bait & Tackle 816-229-6818 3995 SW US Highway 40., Blue Springs, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Guns & Gunsmiths. flies Direct, LLc 816-699-2592 8750 N. Chatham Ave., Kansas City, MO 64154 www.fliesdirect.com - quality flies at lowest prices g & w bait & Tackle 816-921-8888 1260 N Church Rd # 5, Pleasant Valley, MO Fishing Bait, Fishing Tackle-Wholesale

785-597-5256

Dick's Sporting goods (merriam KS) Merriam Town Center 913-432-3945 5600 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS 66202 Dick's Sporting goods (olathe KS) North Ridge Plaza 913-254-9196 15280 West 119th Street, Olathe, KS 66062 Dick's Sporting goods (Leawood KS) Town Center Plaza 913- 661-0200 11801 Nall Avenue, Leawood, KS 66211 The Dock 2838 SE 29th St, Topeka, KS

heartland Trails 816-587-1463 4200 NW 100th St., Kansas City, MO Fishing Tackle, Fishermen's Supplies one Incredible bass package 816-569-1107 3017 NE 59th Ter, Kansas City, MO Fishing Tackle, Fishing Guides

K & K fly fisher's Supply Inc 913-341-8118 8643 Grant St, Overland Park, KS Fishing Bait, Fishermen's Supplies

Rainbow fly Shop 816-373-2283 4621 S Shrank Drive Independence, MO www.KCflyShop.com

martins bait 785-945-3481 1008 Mulberry St, Valley Falls, KS

The Sports Authority 816-587-1463 8980 N Skyview Ave, K C, MO. Fishing Tackle, Sporting Goods, Ski Equip & Snowboard Rentals The Tackle box 816- 233-1844 3724 Pear St., Saint Joseph, MO Live Bait, Fishing Tackle, Hunting Eqp.

minnesota bait & fly co Inc. 913-371-0343 1124 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS Lures, Reels, Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods, Hunting Equipment. wades bait & Tackle 22157 Valley RD, Lacygne, KS

913-757-2542

Yagers flies 785- 842-1239 2311 Wakarusa Dr., Lawrence, Ks Fishing Tackle Repair, Fishing Bait & Tackle,

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Koehn bait 573-377-2384 15525 Highway 135, Stover, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods.

785-266-8755

Jayhawk marina 913-686-2319 26353 Jayhawker Dr., Paola, KS www.jayhawkmarina.com Bait, Tackle, Camping & RV Supplies, Full-Service Marina, Boat & Watercraft Rental

Rogers Sporting goods 816-781-9026 1760 N. Church Rd Liberty, MO 64068 www.rogerssportinggoods.com Sporting Goods, Fishing Tackle and Supplies

Jack's Sporting goods & hdw. 573-346-2279 1289 E Us Highway 54, Camdenton, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods.

Lazy Lou's bait n more 573-346-7597 219 N Lake St., Linn Creek, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods. Laurie bait & Tackle 573-374-6065 102 N Main, Laurie, MO Skis,Tubes,Wake Boards,Ropes,Life Jackets, Tackle Bait, Licenses, Marine Supplies. minit-mart 573-365-5777 1780 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Lake Ozark, MO Live Bait, Deli, Worms, Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods, Gas Stations,Beer, Groceries. osage beach bait & Tackle 573-348-9333 5441 Highway 54, Osage Beach, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods. Rippin Lips bait & Tackle 573-552-8238 454 Highway 42, Osage Beach, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Vanhook's bait & Tackle 573-346-2429 2418 N State Highway 5, Camdenton, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle, Sporting Goods.

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Hunting, Bait, Tackle,Outdoor Supplies & Clubs Bait & Tackle Supplies Warsaw & Clinton Areas

Bait & Tackle Branson

Alron Lures 660-885-3122 829 NE Highway Ac, Clinton, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle.

Anglers & Archery outfitters 417-335-4655 136 Eden Way, Branson, MO Archery Pro-Shop, Fly Shop, Tackle, Guide Service

bait & more 222 N 2nd St., Clinton, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle.

660-890-2248

bass pro Shops 417-243-5200 1 Bass Pro Drive, Branson, MO Fly Shop, Fishing Tackle, Boat Rentals.

bucksaw Resort & marina 660-477-3900 670 SE 803, Clinton, MO  Bait, Tackle, Guides, Lodging, RV Park & Full-Service Marina.

cape fair marina 417-538-4163 1500 Shadrock Road, Cape Fair, MO Fishing Tackle, Boat Rentals, Guide Service.

c's bait & Tackle Warsaw, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle.

chartered waters Trout Shop Inc. 417-334-1005 1326 Acacia Club Rd, Hollister, MO

660-438-7226

crappie Town 660-547-3364 PO Box 1600, Warsaw, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle. Ecommerse only.

cooper creek Resort 800-261-3898 471 Cooper Creek Rd, Branson, MO Fishing Tackle, Boat Rentals, Guide Service.

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Everharts outdoor Store 511 E Hillcrest Dr. Clinton, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle.

660-885-4436

Early bird bait & Tackle 417-739-4019 59 Corewood Ln., Reeds Spring, MO Fishing Tackle & Supplies Manufacturers.

first out Lures 628 SE 771st Rd, Clinton, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle.

660-477-3614

hideaway marina 417-538-2828 1810 Hideaway Road, Galena, MO Tackle, Boat Rentals, Guide Service. Open Mar-Oct.

All Mounts 100% Guaranteed with Lifetime Warranty

hitch-n-post Tackle 417-334-3395 5439 State Hwy 165, Branson, MO

816-985-7359

funny farm bait & Tackle 660-438-8546 22558 Highway 7, Warsaw, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle. Open Mar-Oct. fuzzys bait & booze 417-646-2325 3665 NE Highway 13, Osceola, MO Fishing Bait & Tackle. La prairie 5 E Rogers St, Lowry City, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle.

Lazy Valley Resort 417-334-6380 Fall Creek Rd, Branson, MO 65615

417-644-7332

Little countryside bait & more 660-638-3256 752 NW 1401st RD, Urich, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle. puddle Jumper’s bait & country mart 11429 Z Hwy, Warsaw, MO 660-438-6300 Rocky Top bait & Tackle 660-438-7341 14571 Highway 7, Warsaw, MO Sporting Goods, Archery Equip. Bait & Tackle. Station bait & Tackle Shop 660-438-7664 Truman Dam Access Rd., Warsaw, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle. Tebo creek bait Stop 660-477-3351 96 SE Highway Pp, Clinton, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle. Tightwad bait & Tackle 1093 S 7th St, Clinton, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle.

Indian point marina 417-338-2891 3443 Indian Point Road, Branson, MO Fishing Tackle, Boat Rentals, Guide Service.

660-477-3630

Trailside general Store 660-438-5122 32707 Berry Bend Ave., Warsaw, MO Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle.

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Platte City, MO

www.BobKamlerTaxidermy.com buckfeverbob@msn.com

Taxidermists

(a few)

Within The KC Area

Lilleys’ Landing 417-334-6380 367 River Lane, Branson, MO Fishing Tackle, Boat Rentals, Guide Service.

You Worked Hard For Your Trophy - Now Remember It For A Lifetime!

ozarks bait & Tackle 417-739-1116 11863 State Highway 13 # 2, Kimberling City, Sporting Goods, Bait & Tackle - Wholesale.

bob Kamler Taxidermy 816-985-7359 14835 Sharp Station Rd, Platte City MO www.bobkamlertaxidermy.com

River Run outfitters 417-332-0460 2626 State Hwy. 165, Branson, MO Fly Shop, Fishing Tackle, Guide Service.

brookes Taxidermy 204 S Pine St, Norborne, MO

Scotty’s Trout Dock 417-334-4288 400 S Box Car Willie Dr, Branson, MO State park marina 417-334-2628 380 State Park Marina Road, Branson, MO Fishing Tackle, Boat Rentals, Guide Service. Table Rock worm farm 417-739-4921 2705 State Highway 00, Reeds Spring, MO Bait, Tackle, & Sporting Goods. Wholesale. Tablerock Tackle & marine 417-739-4541 14743 State Highway 13, Reeds Spring, MO Sporting Goods, Fishing Bait, Tackle, & Repair. what’s Up Dock 417-737-2315 49 Lake Road, Kimberling City, MO Fishing Tackle, Boat Rentals, Guide Service.

660-594-3636

buck hollow Taxidermy 816-380-2491 22904 E 283rd St, Harrisonville, MO Don's Taxidermy 816-532-3500 5012 Five Corners Rd, Smithville, MO Kalwei Taxidermist 816-763-5272 8200 Longview Rd, Kansas City, MO Second creation Taxidermy 913-422-3111 11501 Riverview, Kansas City, KS www.secondcreation.com Snowbarger Specialty Taxidermy 1303 W 125th St, Olathe, KS 913-636-2729 Trophies Taxidermy 816-353-4442 11212 E 61 Street, Kansas City, MO

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Where To Shop For Guns & Gunsmiths

Hunting Equipment Missouri - KC METRO

Guns & Gunsmiths Within 50 Miles of Kansas City

Guns & Gunsmiths Within 50 Miles of Kansas City

bass pro Shops branson: 1 Bass Pro Drive 417-243-5200 columbia: 3101 Bass Pro Drive 573-886-7100 Independence: 18001 Bass Pro Dr. 816-795-4300 Springfield: 1935 S. Campbell 417-887-7334 Hunting Fishing Goods, Boat Dealers www.basspro.com

mISSoURI

mISSoURI gunslinger firearms LLc 816-380-5099 2110 Royal St., Harrisonville, MO Guns & Gunsmiths.

gunner’s firearms LLc

bushnell factory outlet 816-525-2200 445 NW Murray Rd, Lee’s Summit MO Riflescopes, Binoculars, Sunglasses & More Dick's Sporting goods (Lee's Summit) Summit Woods Crossing 816-525-3006 1600 NW Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, MO Dick's Sporting goods (Independence) Bolger Square 816-350-0089 17730 East 39th Street, Independence, MO Dick's Sporting goods (north Kansas city) Zona Rosa New Urban Retail Center 816-436-3524 8665 NW Prairie View Road., Kansas City, MO 64153 Dick's Sporting goods (South Kansas city) Ward Parkway Mall 816-363-1198 8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Hunting Equipment Kansas - KC METRO

Advertisers in this publication are listed in Red in the Resourse Directories. A-bee's pawn & gun 816-232-3006 2602 Messanie St., Saint Joseph, MO Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods, Pawnbrokers Armory 816-903-0999 701 N Country, Rd., Kearney, MO Gunsmith, Indoor Range, Guns www.thearmoryonline.com Arms mart Inc 816-796-5800 21200 E Truman Rd, Independence, MO Guns, Ammo, Accessories - Buy. Sell. Trade.

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Avid Archery 913-592-6738 111 W Johnson, Spring Hill, KS 66083 Authorized Mathews Dealer & Hoyt Dealer bass pro Shop 913-254-5200 12051 Bass Pro Dr., Olathe, KS 66061 Hunting Fishing Goods, Boat Dealers bushnell factory outlet 816-525-2200 445 NW Murray Rd, Lee’s Summit MO Riflescopes, Binoculars, Sunglasses & More cabela's 913-328-0322 10300 Cabela Drive Kansas City, KS Hunting Fishing Goods, Boat Dealers Dick’s Sporting goods (Merriam KS) Merriam Town Center 913-432-3945 5600 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS Dick's Sporting goods (Olathe KS) North Ridge Plaza 913-254-9196 15280 West 119th Street, Olathe, KS Dick's Sporting goods (Leawood KS) Town Center Plaza 913- 661-0200 11801 Nall Avenue, Leawood, KS 66211 m c Sporting goods 913- 851-7583 camping equipment only 11310 W 135th St Overland Park, KS

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8832 E. 350 Highway, Raytown, MO Handguns, Rifles & Shooting Supplies Gunsmith on hand. Classes offered. Buy. Sell. Trade.

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402 Pine Street Suite C, Raymore, MO Buy - Sell - Trade - Transfers Firearms, Ammo Shooting Supplies, Special Orders and Accessories. Many Brands available! sales@gunnersfirearms.com www.gunnersfirearms.com hatfield's 816-233-9106 2028 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods, AntiquesDealers. James country mercantile 816-781-9473 111 N Main St., Liberty, MO Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods. Longshot Rifles 816-773-6500 30402 E 323rd St., Garden City, MO Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods. odessa gun Shop 816-230-4423 11706 Varner Rd., Odessa, MO Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods. orman's gunshop 816-633-7242 12342 Mount Tabor Rd., Odessa, MO Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods.

b & g gunsmithing 816-331-6589 605 Lillian Ln., Raymore, MO Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods.

R & R pawn Shop 816-632-1787 214 E 3rd St,. Cameron, MO Guns, Ammunition, Jewelry, Pistols.

Drake's military Supply co 816-896-4131 Kansas City, MO. Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods

Show me Shooters Indoor Range 816 452-4867 287 E US Highway 69, Kansas City, MO Guns, Rifle & Pistol Ranges.

crossfire Recreational center 816-796-0023 21200 E Truman Rd, Independence, MO Guns & Ammunition, Guns Certification & Safety Instruction, Shooting Range

Snapshots gun Shop 816-221-9117 2001 Clay Street, Kansas City, MO Guns & Gunsmiths

40 woods bait & Tackle 816-229-6818 3995 SW US Highway 40, Blue Springs, MO Guns & Gunsmiths, Fishing Bait & Tackle.

great guns

816-781-2323 1780 N. Church Road., Liberty, MO. Appraisals, Buy, Collections Purchased, Sell, Trade, Used Firearms, Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods. visit: www.greatguns.us

Tristar Sporting Arms 816-421-1400 1816 Linn Street, Kansas City, MO tristarsportingarms.com US gun Specialties 816-436-2700 6581 N Oak Trfy, Kansas City, MO Firearms, Accessories, & Safes.

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Fishing Clubs

Missouri & Kansas

Fishing Tournaments

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2012 Sports Shows

Atchison outfitters 913-367-6312 2000 W Highway 59, Atchison, KS Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods, Ammunition Reloading Supplies,

backlashers 913-782-2952 Jerry Wagner, 15706 W. 126TH. St Olathe, KS 66062

bass pro Shop 913-254-5200 12051 Bass Pro Dr., Olathe, KS 66061 Hunting Fishing Goods, Boat Dealers cabela's 913-328-0322 10300 Cabela Drive Kansas City, KS Hunting Fishing Goods, Boat Dealers bullet hole 913-432-0050 6201 Robinson St., Overland Park, KS Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods, Rifle & Pistol Range. brigade gunleather 913-755-3139 33301 Osawatomie Rd., Osawatomie, KS Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods coffman's Repair & custom 740 N 7th St., Lawrence, KS Guns & Gunsmiths,

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culver Knives & gunsmithing 785-484-0146 5682 94th St., Meriden, KS Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods cedar hill gun club 785-843-8213 918 E 1650th Rd., Baldwin City, KS Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods, Trap Skeet & Sporting Clay Ranges. guns & gunsmiths, Sporting goods heart of America ps 913- 371-3200 620 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods hacks outfitters Inc 785-842-6338 941 E 23rd St., Lawrence, KS Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods, Fishing Bait & Tackle. Kansas firearms Specialties 913-369-0123 328 Delaware St., Tonganoxie, KS Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods olathe gun Shop 913-782-6900 716 S Rogers Rd.,Olathe, Ks Guns, Accessories, Ammunition, Firearms, Hunting, Knives, Leather, Optics,Buy, New, Range, Service, Special Orders, Used, Gunsmiths. Simmons gun Repair 913-782-3131 700 South Rogers Rd, Olathe, KS Full-Service Gunsmith

Leavenworth bass club 913-758-1586 Randy Kenton 1700 Chester Ct., Leavenworth KS 66048 olathe bass club 2011 President, Jimmie Folse For more info: olathebassclub@gmail.com olathe community Sportsmans club Kevin Herschberger 816-225-8897 Kickback Jr. bass club 913-231-4603 Mike Douglass: mikekellydouglass@gmail.com www.kickbackbassclub.com Shawnee mission bassmasters John Cambpell: President 913-208-9802 Nic Garcia: Tournament Director 913-653-4490 website: http://smbassmasters.com

mISSoURI blue Spring Lake buddy Tournaments Contact Mark Slocum 816-550-5664 http://bluespringsbuddybass.com central U.S. bass Anglers 816-537-4248 David Burlington, President 3601 SW Crane Rd., Lee Summit, MO heartland Tournament Association P.O. Box 565 Platte City, MO 816-464-5557 www.heartlandproam.com Jacomo bass club 816-524-6266 Open Buddy Tournaments thru October 100% Payback cal for details. missouri b.A.S.S. federation 3405 NW Nautical Court Blue Springs, MO. http://mobass.com Raytown bass club 816-506-0611 Neil Parikh - President: neil@raytownbassclub.net neil@raytownbassclub.net nothin' but Toads bass club 816-805-8237 Independence, MO., Brent Fasse website: http://nothinbuttoads.com Smithville bassmasters 816-588-2087 Chester Winans - kcwinans@yahoo.com http://web.me.com/ahabiger/Smithville_Bassmasters/Welcome.html

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January 19-22, 58th Annual Kansas city boat & Sportshow Kansas City Convention Center, Bartle Hall Contact: Mark Adams, VP, NMMA Sportshows 314-821-5400 or madams@nmma.org www.kansascitysportshow.com february 17-19, pheasant fest & Quail classic Presented by Cabala’s Kansas City Convention Center, Bartle Hall

The show will focus on wildlife conservation, upland game bird hunting, dog training, and wildlife habitat management and restoration.

Contacts: Karlene Carlson, Event Coordinator kcarlson@pheasantsforever.org, 877-773-2070 Brad Heidel, Director of Special Events Sales bheidel@pheasantsforever.org, 877-773-2070 or 651-403-1772 www.pheasantfest.org/page/1/2012pheasantfest.jsp february 24-26 Kansas city chapter Safari club International Annual hunter’s Expo KCI Expo Center, 11730 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO The event will feature exhibits by gun makers, outfitters and numerous name-brand outdoor industry companies. A full slate of Pro-Staff seminars on whitetail management, big game, turkey hunting and waterfowl hunting is scheduled throughout the event.

Contacts: kchuntersexpo@gmail.com Convention Chairman: Mike Hagen, mhagen@kc.rr.com, website: hunters-expo.com We Update Show Information Each Month So Keep Watching For New Listings And Also Visit www.WaterNWood.com.

Upcoming Gun Shows Kansas - gun Shows 2011 october 15-16, Kansas Expo center 19th & Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS www.rkshows.com november 19-20 Kansas coliseum I-135 and East 85th Street North , Wichita, KS www.rkshows.com December 3-4, International Trade center 115th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS www.rkshows.com

missouri - gun Shows 2011 oct 13-14, ozarks fairgrounds 3001 North Grant St, Springfield, MO www.rkshows.com October 29-30, KCI Expo Center 11730 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO www.rkshows.com October 22-23, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Exit 77 off I-44 on Norton Road, Springfield, MO www.rkshows.com

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orest ReLeaf of Missouri will soon be accepting applications for Project CommuniTree, a free tree program for community plantings. More than 5,000 trees and shrubs of over 40 native species will be available this fall. EVERYONE, including schools, scouting groups, parks, municipalities, nonprofits, churches and neighborhoods, is welcome to submit an application for free trees, provided the trees are planted in the region on public or nonprofit common ground.

In 2010, Forest ReLeaf allocated over 9,000 trees to community planting projects across the state. With the help of many volunteers, Forestry Programs Manager Mike Walsh cares for each seeding until its large enough for transplanting. The trees are grown three-gallon containers and range from three to six feet tall. The majority of the trees are native shade tree species. Baldcypress, flowering dogwood, vernal witchhazel and many varieties of oak are just a few of the available species. Additionally, Forest ReLeaf provides planting instructions and advice to those who need assistance selecting the best species for the planting site. If you are interested in coordinating a planting project for your community this fall, please visit www.moreleaf.org and download a Project CommuniTree application. The trees are available for pick up at CommuniTree Gardens in Creve Coeur Park beginning in mid- to late-September. Applicants agree to mulch, water and care for the trees. To find out more, please contact info@moreleaf.org or call 314-533-5323 (or toll-free 1-888-473-5323.) Major support for Project CommuniTree is provided by Ameren Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and St. Louis County Parks. Courtesy of the Missouri Community Forestry Council from the Cityscape Fall 2011 Newsletter. 30 Water `N Woods™

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