November 25, 2004

First Bobcat Harvested in Scotland County

While bobcat sightings are still unusual they are becoming less of a rarity. The wildcatís numbers have expanded enough that the Missouri Department of Conservation opened the bobcat hunting and trapping season statewide in 2003.

Scotland County had its first- ever bobcat checked in by MDC Conservation Agent Gary Miller. Miller tagged the female cat for a hunter who took the animal on November 15.

The new season, which opened November 15 and runs through February 15 also includes badger, gray fox, red fox, opossum, raccoon and striped skunk. The hunter simply needs to possess a valid small-game hunting permit. These animals may also be taken by trap during this same season.

According to the Missouri Trappers Association, record-high prices are being paid for the animals fur, an average of $64 per pelt which is more than double what they brought last year.

MDC and MTA records reveal that the bobcat harvest in Missouri, mostly from trapping, has more than doubled since the 2000 season to more than 2,500 animals. The largest harvests have been in the northwestern counties of Andrew, Nodaway, Gentry and Harrison. The significant population increases prompted the opening of the statewide bobcat hunting and trapping season for 2004, the first statewide season in decades.

In Missouri, trappers who take bobcats or otters are required to present the pelts to conservation agents for examination and tagging. Besides protecting these and similar-looking species from unregulated trade, the tagging requirement provides information that is valuable to MDC officials who are responsible for ensuring that the legal harvest of otters and bobcats does not lead to the speciesí decline.

The bobcat is a member of the Cat Family, which also includes lions, leopards, tigers, pumas, lynxes, ocelots, jaguars, cheetahs and servals. The common name refers to the short or bobbed tail.

The predominant color is yellowish to reddish brown, streaked and spotted with black. Although the bobcat is only a medium-sized member of the Cat Family, it is one of the largest wild mammals in Missouri. Its total length ranges from 22 1/2-50 inches (571- 1,270 mm), and its weight from 10-40 pounds (4.5-18.1 kg). The bobcat is distinguished from the domestic cat, which sometimes lives in the wild, by its distinctive color pattern, larger size, pro-portionately longer legs, much shorter tail, and 28 teeth.

In the wild, bobcats may live to 10 or 12 years of age and in captivity up to 25 years. They have a very strong odor which is characteristic of their dens.

Bobcats are generally quiet but may give high-pitched screams or low growls. During the breeding season when they are more vociferous than at other times, their caterwauling consists of squalls, howls, meows and yowls. When captured, they growl, hiss and spit.

In Missouri, bobcats live primarily in the Ozark Highland and in the Mississippi Lowland where they are sparse. Scattered populations occur along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and in northern Missouri.

The bobcat lives in heavy forest cover, preferably second-growth timber with much underbrush, broken with clearings, rocky outcrops and bluffs, and in timbered swamps. During most of the year, a fresh rest shelter such as a thicket, standing or fallen hollow tree, or a recess in a rocky cliff is used each day. In the breeding season, similar but usually more inaccessible places are chosen for a den. The nest is made of dried leaves and soft moss.

In Missouri, males have an annual home range of 18-28 square miles (28.8-44.8 square km) while females have smaller ones. Within these home ranges, individuals may travel 3-7 miles (4.8-11.2 km) a night. The home range is marked by scent places containing droppings or urine.

Bobcats are curious and investigate many objects along their way, which accounts for their customary zigzag trail.

In locating prey, a bobcat depends more upon its keen eyesight and hearing than its sense of smell. When stalking, it usually creeps stealthily along, then pounces on its prey; or it may crouch on a game trail or tree limb and await an unwary victim. Bobcats can kill animals as large as deer by biting the throat at the jugular vein.

Bobcats are both nocturnal and diurnal, but most hunting occurs around sunrise and sunset. They are active all year. However, they often remain in a resting place during a storm and avoid deep, soft snow because of difficulty walking in it. Bobcats are capable of swimming and readily cross streams. They are good climbers and take to trees as a refuge from dogs, or for resting or observation. They often stretch against some hard snag to sharpen their front claws, much in the manner of domestic cats.

A study of the food habits of 41 bobcats in Missouri showed the following foods and their percentages by volume: rabbits 67.0; mice, rats and shrews 0.7; squirrels 9.9; deer 8.6 (some of which is probably carrion); opossums 1.9; domestic cats 1.7; wild turkeys 7.9; quail 1.7; undetermined meat 0.5; and grasses 0.1.

Bobcats gorge when food is plentiful, and may not feed again for several days. They seldom return to feed on an old kill unless food is scarce. They waste considerable meat and kill more than they eat. They use their feet to bury any surplus food under snow or leaves.

Breeding begins in December and may extend into June. After a 50- to 70-day gestation period, the litter of usually two or three young is born. Most litters arrive from mid-May to mid-June, but some are born as late as September or October.

At birth, each kitten weighs about 12 ounces (340 g) and measures 10 inches (254 mm) long. They have spotted fur and sharp claws. When about 9 to 11 days old, their eyes open. They soon come outside the den where they gambol and play, although they return inside to feed. Weaning occurs around 2 months of age, but the young stay with the female until fall or even later. Some females mate when 1 year old.

Information for this article was provided by the MDC and was abstracted from the revised edition of The Wild Mammals of Missouri by Charles and Elizabeth Schwartz.

Scotland County Memorial Library to Host Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Ready, Set … Read!!” during their summer library program. The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages 3 through 6th grade with programs and prizes. Registration for “Ready, Set … Read!!” begins on Monday, June 6th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 22nd. ¬†Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

The programs will be on Wednesdays beginning June 8th with Michael Collins, Missouri Conservation Agent and Natalie Miller at 10:00 a.m. On June 15th at 10:00 a.m., “Reptile Experience” will give an animal presentation. Other programs (at 10:00 a.m.) will include Travis Mathes from Lewis County Electric Coop, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department and the Memphis Police Department, Scotland County 4-H, and Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.

All programs are free of charge.

FSA Reminds Farmers of Haying, Grazing Regulations on  CRP Acreage

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CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) participants may release their CRP acreage for haying or grazing.  A payment reduction of 25% of the annual rental payment times the number of acres actually hayed or grazed will be assessed.  The assessment may be paid in advance or deducted from the annual CRP payment.

Before haying or grazing CRP, you must sign a request at the FSA (Farm Service Agency) office and obtain a modified conservation plan from NRCS.

You may hay or graze the acreage one out of every three years.  For example, if field #3 was released for grazing in 2013, it may not be hayed or grazed again until 2016.

Haying/grazing CRP does not substitute for required Mid-Contract Management (burning, discing, or spraying), if applicable to your contract.

Eligible acreage may be hayed or grazed between July 16 and September 30, 2016.  Hay must be removed from CRP acreage by October 30. You may not hay and graze the same acreage.

Any cover destroyed or damaged as a result of the haying/grazing will be re-established at the CRP participant’s expense. CRP hayed/grazed without being released is subject to a penalty or cancelation of CRP contract.

For more information or to release CRP acreage for haying or grazing, please contact your county Farm Service Agency office.

The phone number for the Clark County office is (660) 727-3364. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Scotland County office at Memphis is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is (660) 465-8517.

Bullet Stop to Host Hartford Fest 2016 June 3-4

Jim and Doreen Madison will host Hartford Fest 2016 this weekend, June 3rd and 4th in Hartford, MO.  This is a family event that has it all; games and rides for kids, shooting contests, live music both nights, fireworks and tons more!

Jim started having events like this years ago.¬† Jim had his first event in 1989 and called it ‚ÄúJunk Sale‚ÄĚ.¬† Junk Sale consisted of thousands of used gun related items that Jim would pick up from other gun dealers.¬† Jim would travel in an old Chevy Suburban around the Midwest buying items for future sales.¬† When the old Suburban was full, he headed home.¬† The original sales were held in the basement of his first store.¬† Customers had to navigate tricky wooden stairs to view Jim‚Äôs finds.¬† In later years, these sales grew and when he built his Hartford gun shop, he had the same ideas in mind; build a large building and have nice large sales.

Originally called Hartford Days, Jim would have three to five every year.  Although these were a big hit, this also proved to be a lot of work to organize.  So after Goobers Hartford Store was opened, a decision was made to combine both stores into one big sale event known as Hartford Fest.

Hartford Fest is held on both properties and has something for everyone; good deals on guns, free cookouts, horse rides and yes, lots of give-a-ways.  Jim says this is a great way to thank his customers for the many years of support.

This year, Anthony Imperato, owner of Henry Repeating Arms Company, will be on hand to meet and greet.  Jim and Anthony will give out thousands of dollars in free Henry rifles.  Also, this year, the highway patrol and the National Rifle Association will have displays.

Twenty-eight years ago, Jim and Doreen cooked up this sale.  Please come and join the fun.  Jim has one hint as to parking; this huge event requires a large area to park so on the west side of the property will be a grass field.  Turn by the dumpster and look for the green gates!

Preparation is Key to Successful Blood Donation

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The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Scotland County Hospital from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7th.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time.  The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible; every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

To donate blood, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission n some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

SCR-I Elementary School Releases 4th Quarter Honor Roll

The Scotland County Elementary School recently released the fourth quarter honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year.

Named to the 3A A Honor Roll were: Luke Arnold, Owen Brown, Will Darland, Emma Gist, Owen Hassell, Kassidee Jack, Jaci Knupp, Payton Miller, Jackson Siegfried, Kylie Small, and Marcus Smith. Named to the B Honor Roll were Logan Buford, Reese Cook, Dylan Dawson, Aden Drummond, Megan Frederick, Brooklynn Fuller, Kwyn Hamlin, Sabrina Heimer, Chris McKinney, Mason Mallett, Hayden McClain, Kennedy Middleton, Caiden Nichols, Kendall Small, Serina Vickers, and Anissa Yerhardt.

Named to the 3B A Honor Roll were: Bristol Alexander, Casidey Altobelli, Hannah Campbell, Grayson Chance, Vince Dale, Sadie Dilliner, Taylor Egenberger, Isaac Exner, Kevin Henn, Holly Mauck, Merit Miller, Katelynn Penn, Brenna Phillips, Ben Scott, Destynee Small, Layne Stott, Makyla Swearingen, and Beau Triplett. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Austin Curry, Ariana Edwards, Kennya Goldenstein, Abby Jones, Larkyn Justice, Kayden Miller, Rylee Starbuck, and Renee Tinkle.

Named to 4A A Honor Roll were: Emma Anders, Hugh Baker, Corbin Blessing, Emma Harvey, Taydem Morton, Kennady Sapp, and Hailey Small. Named to B Honor Roll were: Alice Darland, Logan Day, Mazy Dodge, Tristen Fuller, Elias Hatfield, Dillon Hayzlett, Tyson Hillyer, Clarence Koser, Chloe Krise, Janail Miller, Carlee Smith, and Matison Tinkle.

Named to the 4B A Honor Roll were: Kendal Anderson, Brooke Campbell, Madigan Frederick, Payton Frederick, Jadin Fuller, Hunter Holt, Makynlee Jack, Carson Miller, Hattie Mumford, Emma Tinkle, and Fawntana Wells. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Chason Campbell, Kyndra Cochran, Kallen Hamlin, Kaylee Hobbs, Ryan Hollon, Lathan McAfee, Charlotte McRobert, Breyonna Mitchell, Tori Peterson, and Tanner Vallee.

Named the 5A Honor Roll were: Bryn Aylward, Ethan Blessing, Sidney Brandon, Penelope Cline, Lucas Durflinger, Ethan Herring, Elsie Kigar, Iris Mishra, Hunnter Sapp, Quinton Shaffer, Lauren Triplett, and Julian Valle. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Anne Anderson, Aden Aldridge, Jayden Burgess, Layne Egenberger, Aaron McDaniel, Riley Small, Nancy Voitik, and Ian Wilson.

Named to the 5B Honor Roll were: Hanna Anders, Kina Billings, Lydia Davis, Abby Doster, Karli Hamilton, Jewley Kraus, Jackson McKee, Eric Mohr, Caelin Robinson, Sean Schroeder, Elizabeth Sevier, Justin Swearingen, and Owen Triplett. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Danielle Bass, Paige Bishop, Grady Dodge, Phillip Esser, and Tresa Huber.

Named to the 6A A Honor Roll were: Jared Cerroni, Abby Curry, Emiley Dial, Hannah Feeney, Brant Frederick, Alex Long, Haylee McMinn, and Corbyn Spurgeon. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Trayton Buckallew, Rylea Camp, Hunter Cook, Kale Creek, Cameron Hake, Kabe Hamlin, Destiny Lamb, Will Montgomery, Baileigh Phillips, Tamara Vaughn, and Alaynna Whitaker.

Named to the 6B A Honor Roll were: Zach Behrens, Sorrel Frederick, Caitlyn Johnson, Eli Kigar, Corbin Kirchner, Hayden Long, Kara Mallett, and Emily Terrill. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Jess Girardin, Shire Gross, Taryn Hassell, Vikke Huber, Aayla Humphrey, Mary Kellum, Lydia Krouse, Zane See, Shantel Small, Rose Whitley, and Zach Young.

Local Students Make C-SC Honor Rolls

CANTON, MO – Culver-Stockton College announced its President’s List for the spring 2016 semester. To be named to the President’s List, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton.

Katie Watson, a Psychology major from Brashear, and Megan Creek, a Biology major from Memphis, both earned the honors.

C-SC also announced its Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton.

Named to the list were: Brittany Thompson, a  Psychology major from Lancaster; Dakota Peterson, an Accountancy major from Luray; Delaney Gundy, 2017 Art Education major from Gorin; and Shelby Thompson, an Accountancy major from Lancaster.

C-SC announced its Honor Roll for the spring 2016 semester. To be named to the Honor Roll, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton.

Named to the honor roll were: Ashley Watson, an Art major from Brashear; Taylor Huffman, an Elementary Education major from Edina; and Wyatt Kice, an Art Education major from Memphis.

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15 week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Smith-Roberts Graduates

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Loren Smith-Roberts graduated from Truman State University on Saturday, May 7, 2016 with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  Spring Commencement ceremonies were held at Stokes Stadium on the Truman campus at 2:00 p.m.  Unfortunately, due to an afternoon rain, the ceremony only lasted about half an hour and in order to speed the process, the 1000 Truman State University students who were supposed to walk across the stage, were asked to stand up in their different fields to be recognized.  While at Truman State, Loren was a member of Delta Zeta social sorority, Kappa Delta Pi education honors fraternity, Order of Omega, and National Education Association.  She is a 2012 graduate of Scotland County R-1 and the daughter of Chuck and Audrey Roberts of Memphis and Terry Smith, Jr. of Granger.  She has accepted a teaching position at Grange Middle School in Fairfield, California where she will be teaching 6th grade.

Duley, Hunolt Graduate From NMSU

The Office of the Registrar and the Graduate School at Northwest Missouri State University have released the names of students who completed requirements for degrees at the conclusion of the 2016 spring trimester.

Andrew Michael Hunolt of Baring graduated  Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 3.74) with a Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Marketing.

Anna Appaline Duley of Memphis graduated Magna Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.94) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation: Corp Rec/Wellness.

Duzan Graduates

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Elizabeth Grace McNeil Duzan, along with more than 200 other college graduates, walked across the stage to receive her degree at Mabee Sports Complex, Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, MO, on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m.¬† Prior to the ceremony, the graduates processed through the HLGU arch on the University’s traditional Walk of Honor, symbolizing the end of their schooling and their entrance into the world as college graduates.¬† Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in Media Communication with a General Business Minor.¬† She graduated Summa Cum Laude.¬† While at Hannibal LaGrange University, Elizabeth was a member of the HLGU Softball team for two years, Student Newspaper and Student Magazine for three years each, Student News Network for one year and a Member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and Phi Beta Lambda.¬† She is a 2012 graduate of Scotland County R-1 and the daughter of Michael Duzan and Marie and Curtis Ebeling, all of Memphis.

Scotland County 4-H Council Monthly Meeting Held May 18th

The Scotland County 4-H Council held their monthly meeting on May 18, 2016 at the Memphis Court House at 6:00 p.m.

Under old business, discussion on enrollment forms was discussed.  These forms need to be submitted by June 6th and arm bands will be available to purchase when the forms are submitted. Fair season passes are currently on sale for non-exhibitors for $30, the price will go up after June 1st. Kids age 7 and under are free.

Pre-Fair clean up will be on June 25 starting at 9 am. There is a shooting sports event the same day from 10:00 a.m. ‚Äď 1:00 p.m.¬† Open Shows are scheduled for July 2nd.

Under new business, there was discussion about the Phillips family hosting a fishing derby with a number of different prizes. (The fishing derby was held May 21st at 2:00 with refreshments served).

Renee Blaine has offered to make a 4-H quilt for members to sell by selling raffle tickets at the Antique Fair. She will need thirty-two 4-H shirts by June 15th. Anyone willing to donate a 4-H shirt, including clubs shirts, state 4-H shooting sports shirts, local and other county fair shirts, and other shirts of that sort, whether it is a youth small or an adult extra large, can drop them off at the local Extension Office. Renee Blaine will use these shirts to make the 4-H quilt.

The July Council meeting, usually is followed by a meal and a swimming party, will be held on July 31st at the Memphis Legion Park. We hope to see you all out there!

Submitted by Jessica Huff (Council Reporter).

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