Wisdom from the WOODS-Upcoming Events in March

Mar 04, 2015

WisdomFromTheWoodsIf you have “Cabin Fever”, you just might find a cure for it on March 14 at the Heartland Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation’s annual fund-raising dinner and auction.

Doors are set to open at 5pm and the dinner starts at 7.  Ticket prices are $45 for single, $60 for couple, $265 sponsor, $650 Table, and Jakes are $20.

The NWTF motto is “Dedicated to Making a Difference”.  Since 1973, the NWTF and its partners have raised and spent more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.  In addition to wild turkeys, a multitude of species such as quail, woodcock, ruffed grouse, prairie chickens, pheasants, and white-tail deer benefit from the creation and enhancement of these wildlife habitats.

When growing up and hunting most of my young years, from about five years old to my 20’s, never did my eyes see a wild turkey.  Now it is a common sight in some areas.

This is a good time to have a night out and maybe do something towards reducing or curing “Cabin Fever”.  For information, contact Chuck Stewart Farms at (573) 222-7182.

Other outdoor activities are beginning to draw interest this month.  Competition coon hunting events are more available now that the season on hunting those critters is ended.  UKC events are at Walnut Ridge, AR March 6 and 7.  Each night’s events are separate.

UKC events in Missouri are at Myrtle, March 13 and 14; Arcadia, March 14; Marble Hill, March 20; Myrtle, March 20; Poplar Bluff, March 21; and Daisy, March 27 & 28.

Now here comes the Words of Wisdom from the Woods…get your new hunting and fishing permits before you go hunting or fishing.  With the new hunting year as set by the Conservation Commission it is a little confusing to have to purchase a permit in March for the rest of the year and the first two months of next year.  I don’t have any worry about license as anyone 65 or older can hunt and fish free except for special game such as turkey and deer.  Also you need a trapping permit if you enjoy trapping.

The fur prices this year left a lot to be desired.  Most of the hides were about half the prices they brought last year.  There weren’t any hides that were really worth going after.  Some large bobcats brought pretty good prices if they weren’t damaged too much.  Those that were sold not skinned brought the most as taxidermists wanted them.

With the opening of trout season March 1, it also marked the close of most stream fishing for bass.  Bass season in streams will be closed until the last Saturday in May.