April 23, 2009

Sparing Jakes Could Improve Turkey Hunting Now and Later

JEFFERSON CITYTurkey hunters in many parts of Missouri dont need an expert to tell them the states turkey population is down. However, they might be interested in suggestions that could improve their hunting experiences this year and in 2010.

Im hoping that hunters will adopt a two-year strategy, said Resource Scientist Tom Dailey. Focusing their energy on making quality hunts this year is the best thing they can do for themselves and for the states turkey flock.

Dailey, who oversees the Missouri Department of Conservations wild turkey management program, said he expects a significantly smaller turkey harvest this year than in 2008. Hunters checked 46,000 turkeys in last years spring turkey season. He expects the number to be closer to 40,000 this year.

The reasons are simple. First and foremost, Missouri has fewer gobblers this year than it has had in 20 years or so. Furthermore, the birds we do have are smarter. And, as is true of so many things related to turkey hunting, these differences are the result of weather.

Three of the last four years have seen below-average nesting success, said Dailey. In fact, the number of poults (recently hatched turkeys) seen in the 2008 survey was a modern record low. It wasnt much better in 2007 and only slightly better in 2005. 2006 is the only recent year when we had reasonably strong turkey reproduction.

Weather records explain turkey hens poor success in recent years. 2008 was the rainiest year on record. Persistent cold showers drowned nests and chilled poults before they could grow enough feathers to keep warm and dry. The results were disastrous, not only for turkeys but for quail and pheasants as well.

Late March and the first few days of April 2007 saw daytime highs in the 80s. Then, starting April 4 the peak of turkey egg-laying the mercury plunged into the teens and low 20s for six days running. Turkey eggs froze in nests. The weather was so extreme that turkey mating stopped entirely, with behavior reverting to late winter patterns.

Compared to those two years, 2005 was a great year for turkey reproduction, said Dailey, but in fact, it was a poor year, too. If it werent for 2006, we would really be looking at a dire situation.

Turkeys strong nesting performance three years ago set the stage for a paradoxical 2009 spring turkey season. A strong year-class of three-year-old turkeys means there will be a good supply of big gobblers for hunters to pursue. The bad news is that such gobblers are notoriously gun shy.

Three-year-olds are trophy birds, with big spurs and long beards, said Dailey, but its the two-year-old toms that gobble so lustily it makes hunters hair stand on end. A goofy 2-year-old will often run to a hunters call gobbling like crazy, but a 3-year-old is likely to sneak in silently, looking for the hen thats supposed to be making those seductive sounds. Or, he might just stand out in the middle of a field waiting for the hen to come to him. Theyre tough customers.

That, said Dailey, sets up a situation that could perpetuate diminished hunting opportunities.

I hope hunters dont hammer the jakes (1-year-old gobblers) on account of a lack of 2-year-olds. This years jake is next years two-year-old. Im hoping hunters will focus on quality hunts for older birds and less on just bagging a turkey. The number of jakes already is down in many areas.

Asked why the Conservation Commission didnt put jakes off-limits to hunters this year, Dailey notes that this would penalize hunters in areas where turkeys still are abundant. It also would put an unnecessary burden on hunters, who might have trouble distinguishing between mature and juvenile turkeys.

The recovery of our turkey flock will follow naturally when we get two or three years in a row of favorable nesting conditions, said Dailey. Hens are the key to rebuilding the population, so sparing a few jakes this year wont increase the number of birds we see in 2010. However, in areas where turkey numbers are down significantly, it could make for a better quality of hunt next year.

Northern Missouri has recorded the biggest decline in turkey numbers, but Dailey says that is relative. Northern counties went into the current slump with larger turkey populations than those south of the Missouri River. Consequently, many northern counties still will have good hunting.

That was really evident in the results of our gobbling study last year, says Dailey. Things were down quite a bit in the north, but there was still more gobbling in the north than in any other part of the state. While hunters in many areas are bracing for lower turkey numbers, many of the people I talk to see no problem whatsoever in their areas.

Dailey noted that Franklin County usually is in the top three turkey harvest counties statewide. He said this east-central Missouri continues to have very strong turkey numbers, and last years poult count was good, so he expects the area around Franklin County to have good hunting again this year.

With a good carry-over of three-year old birds and reduced numbers of 2-year-olds and jakes, Dailey recommends that hunters adjust their strategies. He said patience and restraint are this years watchwords patience for those who want to shoot mature gobblers, and restraint for those who want better hunting next year.

I think in general, people are going to have to move around more to find birds, said Dailey. Its a balancing act. You dont want to sit there all morning in a spot where there is no gobbling, but there might, indeed, be a bird there. Patience is important, but so is knowing when to move. If youre pretty sure there are turkeys in an area, stay put. Rely less on gobbling response and more on good calling.

He said pre-season scouting is the best way to solve this dilemma.

Because there is going to be less gobbling this year, it is going to be more difficult for someone to come into a new area and find birds. Hunters who put in the time to find those 3-year-old birds and learn their behavior patterns stand a much better chance of getting in a position where they get a shot.

This years spring turkey season opened April 20 and runs through May 10. Details of hunting regulations are available in the 2009 Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet, which is available wherever hunting permits are sold, or at mdc.mo.gov/hunt/turkey/sprturk/.

Rutledge School Restoration Society Makes Plans to ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’

Street barricades are visible along the side street, tractors and other motor vehicles from yesteryear are being polished and shined, vendors are in their stations, the entertainment stage is set the whole city of Memphis MO is in a buzz – it is Scotland County Antique Fair Days!!

While you might be interested in attending the Vesper’s Service, Tailgate Party, Country Showdown, Quilt Show, Baby Contests and Crowning of the Fair Queen & King, or participating in the SCH 5K Walk/Run, save some energy for hailing on one of the most exciting parades of the season.

Walking down memory lane, visit the Downing/Boyer Houses, the railroad depot, the original county courthouse and, for sure, don’t miss seeing the Barnett Statue in its new location and notice the school bell from the Gorin R-III School District adorning a corner of the Boyer House Lawn.

There will be games for the kids, fun food for everyone, and special music throughout the next few days of August 23-27, 2017.

The Bingo tent will entertain folks as they rest awhile from touring the courthouse lawn.

Following the parade on Saturday, August 26, the Rutledge School Restoration Society will be ready and waiting to serve you a full- course pork meal from down under the old hickory tree in the Downing House Lawn. If you just want to enjoy a moment of calming pace in your life, drop by to have a glass of lemonade or tea and a large piece of country- baked pie or cake. You will most certainly enjoy visiting with folks you haven’t seen in awhile!

Extension to Offer Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener training classes will be offered September 14 through December 7, 2017 at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Kirksville. Classes will be held Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.

The University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener classes will cover a variety of horticulture topics including diseases, insects, soils & fertilizer, vegetables, fruit trees & shrubs, pruning, lawn care, flowers and landscaping. Some classes will have garden tours. To be a Master Gardener, you must attend 30 hours of classroom training AND provide 30 hours of volunteer service your first year after training.

The deadline to register is Friday, September 8. For more information and to register visit our website at http://extension.missouri.edu/adair or contact the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Deputy Jeremy Head Joins Scotland County Sheriff’s Office

Novelty-native Jeremy Head has joined the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office as a new deputy.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has added a new deputy to its law enforcement team. Sheriff Wayne Winn announced the hiring of Jeremy Head, who will be joining Winn and chief deputy Bryan Whitney as the department’s three full-time officers.

Head will fill the vacancy created by the official retirement of long-time highway patrolman Roger Gosney, who had been working part-time for the sheriff’s office as a deputy.

Head is returning to his northeast Missouri roots. He grew up in Novelty and attended school at Kirksville and Knox County. He entered the United States Army following graduation. He spent time as a truck driver following the service, before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement.

He attended the Central Missouri Police Academy on the Campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Following completion of his training and certification, Head worked for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, near Kansas City for a year.

Head said he hoped to get back closer to home and was happy to have the opportunity in Scotland County, especially now that his father resides here.

He officially started with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, August 15th.

Alarm, Rapid Response Foil Pharmacy Burglary Attempt

Surveillance video caught a burglar attempting to gain entry into the Scotland County Pharmacy on August 16th.

The drive-thru window at the Scotland County Pharmacy proved to be closed for an unwelcomed early morning visitor on Wednesday, August 16th.

The security system at the pharmacy, located just off of Highway 136 near Shopko, was triggered at 2:45 a.m. when a burglar attempted to gain entry to the building by breaking out the glass in the drive-up window, on the east side of the building.

Surveillance video shows a single masked individual using a hand tool to break the glass and then carefully remove the pieces. Apparently the would-be burglar was not careful enough, as the actions ultimately set off the building’s alarm, which caused the burglar to calmly exit to the north, the direction from which he or she approached.

The security company contacted the Scotland County dispatch, and an officer from the Memphis Police Department was dispatched at 2:47 a.m., arriving on scene at 2:50 a.m.

“I want to say what an incredible job Bill Holland did,” said Pharmacy owner Matt McKee of the Memphis Police Chief. “He responded and was at the scene in minutes.”

McKee has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglar(s).

Holland stated the Police Department is following up on numerous tips. As of August 22nd no arrests have been made.

One such bogus lead has landed a Memphis man in trouble.

On August 19th, Charles J. Smart, 34, was ticketed for making a false report to the MPD in regards to the burglary. He is set to appear in the Scotland County Court on September 9th on the class B misdemeanor charge.

Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society to Meet August 26th at Heartland 

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society will hold their third meeting of the year on Saturday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m., at the Solid Rock Café, located at Heartland Community, 2 miles south of Newark, Missouri on highway Rte. E. Attendees, please note that Route 156 just east of Newark is closed to traffic due to bridge repairs.

Sharon Harrison, president of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, will conduct the business meeting

Lois Hunziker, Meg Glover, and Brent Karhoff will present a program titled “Newark:  A Hamlet With a History”.  Lois Hunziker is a Director of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, Meg Glover is the author of a history of Newark and Brent Karhoff is the president of the Knox County Historical Society.  The trio will be telling the history of Newark using old newspaper articles, letters and memoirs from Newark’s citizens of the past, especially those who lived during the time of the Civil War.

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society serves 14 counties in northeast Missouri and the quarterly meetings are scheduled at various locations to make it possible for the outlying members to attend.  The Society is dedicated to the collection of genealogy materials, both published and unpublished, for printing in the “Northeast Reporter”.  The 33 page quarterly is published each April, June, August and October.

The public and those interested in family research are welcome to attend. For information call (573) 221-7282.

Truck Driver Hurt When Semi Overturns on Highway 136

A Harris, MO truck driver suffered minor injuries after his semi overturned in Scotland County early on the morning of August 11th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, William J. Miller, 37, was eastbound on Highway 136 in a 2005 Volvo Tractor Trailer when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, approximately five miles west of Memphis. The semi overturned in the accident.

Miller sustained minor injuries and was transported to Scotland County Hospital by Scotland County Ambulance.

The vehicle sustained total damage and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Scotland County Ambulance.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, August 24 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Ice Cream

Friday, August 25 – Fish Fillets, Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday, August 28 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onion Slice, Pasta Veggie Salad, Green Beans, Watermelon and Cantaloupe

Tuesday, August 29 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Crisp

Wednesday, August 30 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thursday, August 31 – Swiss Steak, Hash Brown Casserole, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Bread, Pudding and Fruit

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, August 24 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 27 – Center is rented.

Thursday, August 31 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, August 24 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, August 25 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, August 28 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, August 29 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, August 30 – Ham/Egg/Cheese Croissant, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, August 31 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, August 24 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, August 25 – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, Macaroni and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Chocolate Ice Cream, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Monday, August 28 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Buttered Corn, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, August 29 – School Made Pizza, BBQ Meatballs/Roll, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, August 30 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Carrot Coins, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, August 31– Goulash, Mini Corn Dogs, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Local 4-H Youth Take Part In 2017 Missouri State Fair

Elsie Kigar gives a 4-H demonstration “How to Make Homemade Noodles” at the 2017 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

SEDALIA, MISSOURI —  On August 13, 2017, Elsie and Eli  Kigar from the Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H club in Scotland County presented demonstrations at the Missouri State Fair in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Elsie’s demonstration was entitled  “How to Make Homemade Noodles” while Eli gave a presentation entitled “How to Make A Dirt Hole Set for Trapping”.

The siblings were among the 300 youth selected to give a demonstration in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair.  Missouri 4-H members compete at the county events in order to qualify for the State Fair 4-H Building demonstrations.

Demonstrations are a great way of sharing what the youth has learned in 4-H projects.  Preparing for a demonstration helps 4-H youth develop research, organization and communication skills.  Presenting a demonstration in front of a group helps 4-H youth build poise, confidence and public speaking skills.

For more information about the University of Missouri Extension 4-H program, contact Kristy Eggleston-Wood at the Scotland County Extension Center at 660-465-7255.

Eli Kigar receives his ribbon for being a presenter at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.

Putnam County Stops SCR-I 3-2 in Softball Season Opener

Katie Feeney’s head-first slide into home just beats the tag as she scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to knot the score at 2-2.

Ashleigh Creek smashed the first strike she saw in her senior season for a solo home run on Monday night in Memphis, but it was not enough as Scotland County fell to Putnam County 3-2 in the 2017 season debut for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Midgets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a couple of base hits.

But Creek trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when she led off in the bottom of the second inning, crushing a line drive over the left field fence to make the score 2-1. Khloe Hamlin and Abby Blessing followed with base hits to give SCR-I a chance at a big inning, but both runners were stranded.

SCR-I erased a lead off error in the third when catcher Katie Feeney gunned down a would-be base stealer at second with a nice catch and tag by shortstop Khloe Hamlin.

The momentum carried over to the bottom of the third when Feeney led off with a base hit. She stole second base and moved into scoring position on a ground out by Kaitlyn McMinn. The sophomore then sprinted home and her head-first slide just avoided the tag on a wild pitch to knot the score at 2-2.

But Putnam County pulled ahead for good in the top of the fourth inning. A pair of singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs when a blooper fell in behind the mound and everyone was safe to make the score 3-2.

Creek worked out of a jam in the seventh, stranding a pair of runners.

Unfortunately, SCR-I managed just one base runner over the final four innings, a two-out single by Creek in the sixth, as Putnam County held on for the 3-2 win.

Creek took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a hit by pitch. She struck out eight in seven innings of work.

Sammi Bradshaw limited SCR-I to two runs on five hits while striking out five.

Creek went 2-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Feeney, Hamlin and Blessing recorded the other hits, all going 1-3.

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