Spread 'em: Hunters are serious about how they set up duck decoys
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Spread 'em: Hunters are serious about how they set up duck decoys

QUINCY -- Clinton Baxter never understood why his uncle said there were rules to follow when they went duck hunting, but he followed them anyway. And he still follows them today. Baxter's uncle, Bruce Johnson, hunted along the Mississippi River...

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Take a quack at it: Choosing right duck call is unique task for waterfowl hunters
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Take a quack at it: Choosing right duck call is unique task for waterfowl hunters

MEYER, Ill. -- Two duck calls hang from the thin rawhide strap Jason Trowers loops around his neck each time he goes hunting. One has the look of an antique. It's small, wooden and unlike anything you might find on the shelf of an outdoor retailer.

Popular rubber duck hunt set for Sunday in Louisiana
Missouri News

Popular rubber duck hunt set for Sunday in Louisiana

The Louisiana Lions Club will be focusing on ducks this weekend. The club's popular fundraiser -- the Original Great Mississippi River Duck Hunt -- will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of Louisiana Country Colorfest.

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Deer meat donation program seeks funding

The Access Illinois Outdoors program, operated through Two Rivers RC&D will again be looking to supplement the supplies of local food pantries this deer hunting season with its Access Food project, which covers processing costs for hunters donating deer.

Harpole's Heartland Lodge and Resort announces expansion
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Harpole's Heartland Lodge and Resort announces expansion

Harpole's Heartland Lodge and Resort has announced the construction of four new luxury cabins with plans to bring more tourists into the region on a year-round basis.

Crossover movement: Illinois archery hunters adapting to law allowing them to use crossbows
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Crossover movement: Illinois archery hunters adapting to law allowing them to use crossbows

ATLAS, Ill. -- Bryce Jeffcoat felt his arsenal lacked something. "I went through everything I packed for my first hunting trip of the fall and I had everything there -- camo clothes, camo boots, hunting knife, flashlight, etc.," he said.

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Buddy system, life jackets seen as best way to stay safe when kayaking

The buddy system is the simplest rule to follow for kayakers, and the second-simplest is to wear a life jacket. Mark Frankenbach, an experienced kayaker from Palmyra, Mo., believes that following those two rules puts a kayaker in a much better spot.

Hay bale blinds offer perfect concealment for hunters
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Hay bale blinds offer perfect concealment for hunters

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Brody Johnson figures it has been 40 or more years since he last climbed a tree. "I was probably 10 or 11," he said. "And I fell about 10 or 11 feet." A broken arm was the short-term result of that fall. The lingering effects...

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Chronic wasting disease tests planned in Knox, Adair, Macon counties

Three counties in Northeast Missouri will be among 25 in the state where mandatory deer testing will occur during the first two days of the fall firearms hunting season.

Patterns of success: Understanding different styles of camoflauge is key to making right purchase
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Patterns of success: Understanding different styles of camoflauge is key to making right purchase

Karen Gillespie didn't think shopping for her grandson's birthday gift was going to be challenging. He asked for new hunting clothes and she figured it would be the perfect gift for a 22-year-old hunter who was struggling...