“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

John Muir

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mountain Lion Part three - Mountain lion killed near La Plata, Mo

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KIRKSVILLE -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) said a mountain shot near La Plata, Mo. was the second one killed in the state in three months.
Department officials told KTVO they received a call this afternoon from an Amish landowner. 
According to the department, a group of hunters were scavenging the landowner’s farm for coyotes, when they came within 20 yards of the big cat.
Nearly 100 hunters were scavenging the farm, but only about 12 saw the cat.  None of the hunters had dogs. 
At this point, the conservation department said they will not press charges because they believe the cougar presented enough danger to the hunters to warrant shooting.
MDC estimated that the animal weighed nearly 130 lbs., but have no official weight at this time.
This is the 14th official sighting of a mountain lion in the state, but it's the fourth in the last year.
Conservation agent Marsha Jones said it's rare to see a cougar, and while more big cats may be coming to the state, they're probably not breeding.
"We think that they're solitary males who are leaving areas like the Black Hills, the Dakotas.  They're following the Missouri River Basin.  They're looking to establish territory.  All of them have been males, we haven't seen any females.  You need a male and a female to establish a population.  We haven't seen the other half of that yet, so we feel very confident that we do not have a breeding population in our state," said Jones. 
The conservation will send the mountain lion to Columbia for lab testing to determine if it is truly wild, and also to determine if it's related to the animal killed in Ray County, Mo. in November.
For more questions about the cat, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation office in Kirksville.
Their number is (660) 785-2420.


Greatest Cook in the World (Except when were camping)

Walaahhh !!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What now Wolves ? Speculation it could be a coyote-wolf hybrid

JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- DNA tests show that a 104-pound canine shot by a hunter in Carroll County Nov. 13 was an unusually large coyote.

The hunter shot the big canine on opening day of Missouri’s November firearms deer season, thinking it was a coyote. Coyotes are legal game during deer season. However, when the hunter saw the animal’s size, he wondered if he had mistakenly shot a wolf. He reported the kill to Conservation Agent Marc Bagley. Bagley took possession of the animal and turned it over to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Resource Science Division for identification.

Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer said the MDC staff took measurements and collected tissue and hair samples for DNA analysis. The test showed the animal was a coyote.

According to Beringer, the coyote was a male approximately 3 years old. It had no tattoos, microchip or evidence of ear tags that would indicate it might have escaped or been released from captivity.

The coyote’s size and the size and shape of its feet were similar to those of a wolf, leading to speculation it could be a coyote-wolf hybrid. Gray wolves, also known as timber wolves, once inhabited northern Missouri but were gone from the state by the late 1800s, due to hunting and habitat loss. Wolves persisted in Minnesota. From there, they dispersed into Wisconsin and Michigan, which now have wolf populations of their own.

The last record of a gray wolf in Missouri was of a young male mistaken for a coyote and killed by a bowhunter in Grundy County in October 2001. A radio collar and ear tag linked that 80-pound wolf to Michigan.

Friday, January 21, 2011

They are here !!! PART deaux

The Missouri Department of Conservation has examined these photos of a mountain lion taken Jan. 12 in a wooded area outside of St. louis, MO and says they are valid.
The have confirmed that the photos are of a mountain lion.
The photos were taken by Garrett Jensen of Chesterfield with a trail camera. The Department of Conservation did not release the exact location, saying it does not want people flocking to the site. It would say only that the site was near the Missouri River.
This is the 13th confirmed report of a mountain lion in Missouri since 1994, and the first in the St. Louis area in that time. 
Pretty wild... One things for sure its not the lion that was shot in Ray county last month.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jeopardy Question: Scottish slang for a sea run brown trout (Salmo Trutta)

Answer: What is a Broonie

Other names for sea run trout in the UK and Ireland have many regional names including sewin (Wales), finnock (Scotland), peal (West Country), mort (North West England) and white trout (Ireland).

Teeny Nymph Locators, Sunglasses

These were sold in the 80's. I actually had a pair. I guess the theory is the frames reduced glare similar to a football player putting grease under their eyes.... I guess..

I couldn't see any better.... and looked pretty stupid (or more stupider) ... Who wouldn't want a pair of these ?

Jim Teeny was famous for creating his signature fly the teeny nymph. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Do you ever put a Kirby in your hook ? You should !!!

Mustad 277 and a TMC518 (both size #32's) 
A Kirby or Reverse is a bend in the hook created by bending the barb outward by 25 degrees, thus changing the angle of penetration.

Here is a really good tip most don't know. 

If you are fishing small hooks and are getting short strikes, put a Kirby or Reverse in your hook. This changes the angle of penetration of the hook and forces the hook to the outside of fish's mouth, this will increase your take and catch. To put a Kirby in a hook, put the hook in your vise, then push the shank of the hook sideways. This will make the point curve off. If you push the hook one direction it is a Kirby if the point goes the other way it is a Reverse.  

You need to know the difference there will be a quiz.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

If you can read just one book this year ! Make it by Quackenbos !!!

How about this for a title.


This is the 1916 first edition and printed for the Anglers Club of New York.  One of the scarcest books publsihed by the famous Anglers Club of New York. 
You can buy it on eBay.  I can vouch for the scarcity as I have never seen one !!!!
For those that didn't know what a Saibling is ................. 

n. 1. A European mountain trout (Salvelinus alpinus): - called also Bavarian charr.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mountain Lion Update

Ray County mountain lion killed

The 115.2-pound animal makes only the 12th official sighting of a mountain lion in Missouri since 1994.

The body, a .22-caliber slug lodged in the brain, was sprawled on the autopsy table waiting for the scalpel.
Weight: 115.2 pounds.
Length: 79 inches.
Age: Perhaps three years, maybe younger, according to the sharp white teeth and markings on the inside of the legs.
The anatomical evidence that most interested the scientists: The dead mountain lion — nicknamed the Ray County Cat — was male.
And with that, Missouri’s Mountain Lion Response team sighed with relief.
Had it been a wild female, it would have signaled the state could have a breeding population of the big cats. Of the dozen confirmed sightings since 1994, only one — the team’s first investigation — was a female. In that case, some members thought it was someone’s pet.
So far, it’s just the wanderers, said Jeff Beringer, Department of Conservation furbearer resource biologist, who was part of the autopsy team. That is, the young males looking for love in all the wrong places.
The team saw no signs the healthy feline had been in captivity, such as tattoos or electronic identification tags. Nor did the paws show evidence of life in a hard-floored enclosure. Also, its dewclaws, often surgically removed in captive animals, were intact.
Hair samples taken for DNA testing should show the lion’s origins.

Thomas Hart Benton - FIsherman at Sunset

Fisherman at Sunset

Thomas Hart Benton loved the Ozarks and particularly floating the Buffalo river. See the attached article form Sports Illustrated in 1970

The Old Man And The River

At 81, Artist Thomas Hart Benton, one of the founders of the Midwest Regionalist School of painting, still carries on his long love affair with the roily Buffalo River in the Ozarks

Read more:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1083914/1/index.htm#ixzz1AUUv0kCE