Sunday, November 4, 2018

Low Missouri Fall Turkey firearm season

The following is an excerpt from an article from the Colombia Daily tribune. 
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that hunters checked 2,169 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season, Oct. 1-31. Last year’s fall firearms turkey harvest total was 2,899.
MDC’s turkey biologist says the low harvest total can be attributed to several years of poor hatches.
“We had really poor production in 2016 and 2017, which resulted in lower turkey numbers across the state,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle. “Unfortunately, on top of those two bad hatches, production was down again this year, so the drop in harvest this fall certainly wasn’t unexpected.”
Another factor that has resulted in lower fall turkey harvests is declining hunter participation. This year, 10,262 fall firearms turkey hunting permits were purchased. During the peak year of 1987, nearly 53,000 permits were purchased. Missouri has seen a declining interest in fall firearms turkey season as have other states.
Despite the low harvest and participation numbers, Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season provides hunters with ample time to spend in the setting of the state’s beautiful fall woods, and there are hunters who enjoy the fall experience just as much as the spring.
“Fall turkey hunting can be pretty exciting,” Isabelle said. “Having a scattered flock of turkeys respond to your calls from all directions is an incredible experience.”
Fall archery turkey hunting continues through Nov. 9 and resumes from Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, 2019. For fall firearms turkey harvest results by county, go online to MDC’s website at http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Look to the skies!!!!

October is a great time to view some spectacular sights in the night time sky.  I am always amazed at what I can see with a good pair of binoculars.  The moon is always a good place to start.  Every time I see the moon I am amazed that man has walked on that surface.  WOW!!  On Oct 13 in the predawn look below and to the left of the moon to see the Beehive, a cluster of stars.  On Oct 24 you will see the full Hunters Moon also called a Harvest Moon.  Oct 21st will be a great night to see the Orionid meteor shower.  You should see a dozen or so meteors per hour in the eastern sky during predawn hours.  As for seeing some planets check out the sky on Oct 5.  Venus and Mars will be close together in the eastern sky about an hour before sunrise.  Venus will be very bright.  Using good binoculars you will be able to see a faint reddish planet, Mars.  These are just a few of the fantastic sights you will see.  Have a great time and good luck.  

Monday, October 1, 2018

Doctoberfest 2018

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Labor Day Dove Hunt

This past Labor Day morning was foggy and misty.   Nevertheless, we hit the snooze button a couple of times before heading out to the field.  A friend of ours had a spot that he thought would give us some great shots at some doves.  My son, a buddy of his, myself and our "guide" got set up and proceeded to wait.  We put up our dove spinner decoy and got hunkered down.  Well Mr. Sun decided to sleep in that morning.  And then it started to rain a little harder.  We did see a couple of doves but they were about 100 yds away flying at about 100 mph.  They were on a mission.  We did a little walking to see if we could maybe get a shot at one.  The dogs we had were getting very anxious.  They wanted to retrieve but we had nothing for them.  Like I've always said, "I never get skunked on a hunting trip."  Whether we get a bird or not, spending time in the field with my son and friends is an awesome venture.  Memories that last a life time.  I am so glad that I got my son started hunting years ago.  I remember taking him pheasant hunting in Kansas when he was about 5 yrs old.  Walking the fields, sitting by a stream and enjoying the sights and sounds are memories that will last forever.  Next time you head out to the field take your son, daughter, or maybe the kid next door with you.  Pass on what you love to those you love.  Until next time keep your eyes towards the sky and your feet in the field.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Age of shot

Heading out dove hunting in the morning.  Found some older dove shot.  Was cussin and discussin with my son about shooting older shot.  What is you time limit on shooting older shot?  Let me know what you think.  Thanks for your input. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Labor Day Sale

Labor Day Sale

Hey gang, I'm having a Labor Day 2018 sale. Place an order before midnight Monday Sept. 3, 2018 and receive 10% off your entire order. Go to www.docsoutdoorsupplies.com and place an order for your next outdoor adventure, be it hunting, hiking, or just spending some time in the great outdoors.  Please share this with your friends and family. Thanks!!!! Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Black powder, Crazy Deer, and Old Tom

Running and gunning!!

May 2018, the final weekend of spring turkey season and I wanted one more chance to get another Tom. I was on some friend's land where I have harvested turkeys with success.  It was a Sat afternoon, about 90 degrees in the shade.  I had scouted a few places earlier in the season where I knew turkeys were.  I made a couple of yelps to see if I could get Tom on the line.  Nothing.  Tried again. Nothing waited about 10 minutes and tried again, nothing.  I moved about 150 yards and tried again.  This time I got him to talk back.  I hunkered down and gave another couple of yelps.  Sure enough he answered.  This went on for about 20 minutes.  He was coming closer but then he hung up.  Dang.  I waited about another 15 minutes and tried him again.  Nothing.  I made another move and tried again.  Yup.  There he was talking back to me.  Once again  hunkered down and waited.  I kept talking with him as loud as he was talking to me.  Then I spotted that red head.  There was a lot of tall grass between us, but he was moving right into an area that would give me a clear shot.  He kept coming closer and closer.  I could see his head pop up every now and then thru the grass.  I was getting excited and ready to take the shot.  Using my favorite mouth call I did an little purring and he was coming closer to my shot lane.  What happened next is beyond belief.  South of the land I was hunting on was a weekend gathering of people for a Black Powder Rendezvous.  I hadn't heard anything from them until now.  It sounded like the Fourth of July.  I kept still and the turkey kept coming.  He was just about in my site line when here come about 3-4 deer.  They were hauling their tails out of there.  They practically ran old Tom over.  Needless to say he lowered his head and took off also.  I sat there sweating and cussing.  Then I just started laughing.  I've done a lot of research on late season turkey hunting but never I have encountered what do do when the black powder guns and crazy deer start running.  Oh well.  I always have a great experience when I'm in the field.  Sometimes I bring home the game but I always bring home a story!!