Archive for January, 2012
From the Missouri Department of Conservation:
Bowhunters posted increases in both deer and turkey harvests during Missouri’s 2011-12 archery deer and turkey hunting seasons, topping the previous year’s figures by more than one-third.
Hunters checked 52,671 deer during the four-month archery season. That is an increase of 10,299 (24%) from the previous year. Archers checked 2,923 turkeys, an increase of 739 (33.8%) from the 2010-2011 season.
Jason Isabelle, a resource scientist for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), said two factors probably contributed to the increased archery turkey harvest.
“I attribute the increase in harvest to the good hatch that we had last year in most of the state and to increased archery permit sales,” said Isabelle. “There were both more turkeys and more archers in the woods in 2011 than in 2010.”
MDC sold 110,647 archery hunting permits and issued another 82,486 no-cost landowner archer’s permits last year. The total of 190,133 archery permits is a record and continues a long-term trend of increasing interest in archery hunting.
“More people discover the enjoyment of archery season every year,” said Isabelle. “The challenge of bowhunting appeals to many hunters who start with firearms. For others, the attraction is a huge increase in hunting opportunity. For quite a few hunters, opening day of deer season can’t come soon enough and closing day comes too soon. Taking up the bow and arrow allows them to pursue their outdoor passion all fall and into winter.”
MDC Resource Scientist Jason Sumners said the reason for this year’s increased archery deer harvest is harder to nail down.
“Over the past decade we have seen a steady increase in the number of archery hunters and a resulting increase in archery harvest,” said Sumners. “However, that doesn’t explain the fluctuations we see in archery harvest from year to year. There are likely other factors at work that create annual variation in hunter effort or success. We had very mild weather last fall, and that might have caused hunters to spend more time pursuing deer. But there is still a lot we don’t know about the relationship between weather and hunter behavior and other factors that affect archery harvest.”
Sumners said he hopes to explore those factors in the future to gain a better understanding of what causes sizeable archery harvest fluctuations like those that have occurred over the last four years. For example, the deer archery harvest increased from 44,434 in 2008 to a record 51,972 in 2009 and went back down to 43,281 in 2010.
Missouri’s 2011-2012 archery and firearms deer harvests total 291,592. That is up 6 percent from the previous year. The 2011-2012 firearms and archery turkey harvests total 52,226, down 3.8 percent from the previous year.
The top archery deer-harvest counties were Jefferson with 1,092 deer checked, Franklin with 1,088 and Jackson with 1,040. Top archery turkey-harvest counties were Callaway with 76 turkeys checked, Franklin with 67 and Jefferson with 58.
All of the top counties for archery deer and turkey harvest were in or near metropolitan areas. Isabelle and Sumners agree this probably is largely because all four counties are within easy driving distance of large numbers of hunters. Also, Callaway and Franklin counties are larger than average, and both have excellent deer and turkey habitat.
“Those four counties are natural choices for folks who live in nearby cities,” said Isabelle. “Franklin and Callaway counties are between the St. Louis and Columbia-Jefferson City areas and have some of the best turkey habitat in the state. Jefferson and Jackson counties are right at the edge of the state’s two largest metropolitan areas, so it’s not surprising that lots of archers would spend time hunting there.”
MDC recorded eight firearms-related deer-hunting incidents during the 2011-2012 hunting season. One was fatal.
(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs Water Department is scheduled to make repairs to the water main on the 60/63 business route from 4th Street to 10th Street beginning sometime next week.
City Clerk Gena Brook says crews will start at the 4th Street end and work their way to 10th Street. This will mean one lane of the business route will be closed from time to time during this project.
Water crews are going to try to have the street opened up as much as possible in the 3 PM hour for traffic purposes.
Caution is urged if traveling near the area. If any issues arise, officials urge residents to call city hall at 417-469-2107.
(Mansfield) – A Mountain Grove resident suffered moderate injuries Thursday morning in a one-vehicle accident near Mansfield.
The accident occurred just before 11:30 AM on Highway 60 east of Mansfield, when the eastbound vehicle driven by 50-year-old Marshall Rader attempted to pass a vehicle on the left side and ran off-road, overcorrected and ran off the right side of the roadway before overturning.
Rader was taken from the scene of the accident to Cox South Hosptial in Springfield by ambulance.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the constitutionality of new state House districts – at least for now. The high court was asked in a lawsuit to block a new map for the 163-member House from being used in this year’s elections.
The plaintiffs contend the new map violates requirements that districts have similar populations and be contiguous and compact. They asked the Supreme Court to consider the case without having it argued first in a trial court.
The Supreme Court declined Thursday, saying the case involved disputed issues of fact. The order allows the legal challenge to be filed in a state trial court and – if that occurs – instructs a judge to decide quickly.
Candidates start filing for office February 28.
(Dora) – Students at Dora School is participating in a national program to help homeless teenagers.
Ozark Radio News spoke with Bev Davison, teacher at Dora High School, who told us more about the Teens for Jeans program:
For more information on the program, call 417-261-2337 or 417-948-0019 or go here.
The county is asking voters to extend a 1/4 cent tax for law enforcement services, as well as approve a new 1/4 cent for capital improvements to the county’s justice facility.
County officials say that without the tax hike, the county may have to cut services.
(Sikeston) – MoDOT has scheduled a number of projects to begin in Howell, Texas, Shannon, Ozark and Oregon counties starting Monday, weather permitting.
Locations are as follows:
- Highway 160 from Route 101 in Howell County to Route PP in Ozark County. Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3 from 7:30 AM to 3 PM daily.
- Westbound Highway 60 in Howell County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction for maintenance on the Simms Valley bridge, between Route RA and Route U. Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 15 from 7 AM to 7 PM daily.
- Business 63 and Springfield Road in Howell County from the intersection of Main Street on BU 63 to the intersection of Forest Street on Springfield Road will be reduced to one lane while Willow Springs city crews dig up sidewalk and install water lines. Friday, January 27 through Friday, February 3 from 8 AM to 4 PM daily.
- Route MM from Route 99 to Route T in Shannon County for roadway overlay work. Monday, January 30 through Tuesday, January 31 from 7:30 AM to 3 PM.
- Route E in Shannon County from the intersection of Highway 60 north for 1/2 mile will be reduced for road overlay work. Monday, January 30 through Tuesday, January 31 from 7:30 AM to 3 PM.
- Route D from Route 106 to Route 19 will be reduced to one lane for edge rut repairs. Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3 from 7 AM to 3:30 PM daily.
- Route 106 from Route 17 in Texas County to Route D in Shannon County will be reduced to one lane for edge rut repairs Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3 from 7 AM to 3:30 PM daily
- Route N in Shannon County from Route D to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane for edge rut repairs Monday January 30 through Friday, February 3 from 7 AM to 3:30 PM daily.
- Route 17 in Texas County from US 63 to Route 32 will be reduced for edge rut repairs Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3 from 7:30 AM to 3 PM daily. Route 17 from Route W to Route 106 will be reduced for edge rut repairs Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3 from 7 AM to 3:30 PM daily.
- Route M will be reduced to one lane for routine bridge maintenance on the Little Piney River Bridge between Murr Road and Piney Creek Drive. Monday, January 30 through Thursday, February 9 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM daily.
- Route W in Oregon County from Route 19 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced for drainage work. Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3 from 7 AM to 3:30 PM daily.
- Route 99 from Highway 160 to Route T will be reduced to one lane while crews cut brush and trim trees. Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3 from 7 AM to 3:30 PM daily.
The work zones will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the areas.
(Washington) – As the fight continues in Washington concerning taxes, the national debt, and ways to help fight the debt, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says that we shouldn’t ignore infrastructure within states, such as roads and bridges. One of the future infrastructures, she says, is rural broadband, which has slowly been showing up in Missouri:
But how will we pay for infrastructure improvements and upkeep? McCaskill says that a number of factors need to be considered:
She also says that the management of Arlington National Cemetery has improved dramatically over the past year, but the continued need for a full accounting of graves, standard operating procedures, a long-term master management plan, and action to address lingering contract management problems still need to be addressed.
(West Plains) – Area residents interested in attending college can learn more about financial aid options available to them at a workshop set for 5:30 PM Thursday, February 2, in the Bakersfield High School library.
The workshop is being hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains.
A representative from Missouri State-West Plains will be on hand to provide information to students and parents regarding federal and state resources available to help students finance their post-secondary education, including information about federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant, campus-based work-study programs, Stafford student loans and PLUS loans for parents, as well as state programs such as the Access Missouri grant, Bright Flight Scholarship and the A+ Program. In addition, those attending will receive information about the financial aid application process, including instructions for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
All of the information provided will be useful for students planning to attend any post-secondary institution that participates in the federal Title IV programs, not just Missouri State-West Plains.
For more information about the workshop, contact the Missouri State-West Plains financial aid office at 417-255-7243 or contact Bakersfield High School Counselor Moiria Seiber at 417-284-7333.
(Jefferson City) – State Senator Chuck Purgason of Caulfield plans to introduce legislation again this session to make Missouri more like Arkansas when it comes to how often to meet and pass a budget. He says it would be a monetary savings for taxpayers:
Senator Purgason is serving his last term in the state senate because of term limits.