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Al Agnew

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  1. Jesus almost certainly existed. Everything else is faith.
  2. Bigfoot possible? What if the critter had nearly human intelligence? Do you think a smallish band of humans could live in a fairly remote area of the Pacific Northwest and not be found if they didn't want to be found? I don't know. What would their ecology be? What do they eat? How do they live through the winters? How many of them would there need to be to keep from being inbred and eventually becoming too unhealthy to keep reproducing? It's seductive to think about a large hominid living in the wilderness...a romantic notion. Almost certainly not true, but it would be cool if it
  3. Mary and I got our first shot yesterday...the Pfizer version. Booster is scheduled for three weeks from yesterday. Mary had a bit of discomfort this morning, some nausea and when the nausea went away she had a headache for a while, and her shoulder is sore. I feel fine, though I think I had a bit of joint soreness--I hacked down a bunch of saplings and tree limbs this afternoon with a machete, and got a bit sore.
  4. I can't remember whether I talked about it on here, but there is a book that treats the Sasquatch phenomenon seriously, "Sasquatch, Legend Meets Science". It discusses that famous video at length. The book is out at our place in Montana and I ain't, or I'd go back and see what it says about the possible tracks of the critter in the video, but I seem to remember it discussing them. It examines the video minutely, and ends up taking the position that the video has a pretty good probability of being authentic.
  5. I didn't know somebody else came up with the idea of weird critters actually passing back and forth between dimensions...I had that idea years ago, and even started writing a novel based upon it. Momo, Sasquatch, and Yeti are surviving members of what was thought to be an extinct pre-human hominid, like Homo erectus. They've survived by being able to pass back and forth between dimensions...and are intelligent enough to avoid humans as much as possible. All sightings are mistakes they made in keeping hidden. (There are also large, human-like creatures found in African folklore as wel
  6. Thanks...I read it. What I got from the history part of it was that there were no reported bear sightings from 1890? to 1950, and then two sightings just before AR started their restoration program. They mentioned that maybe bears were never completely eradicated from the Ozarks, but the genetic studies showed all bears coming from the AR populations. I would venture to guess that the two prior to AR's program started were just as likely, if not more so, to be wanderers from somewhere else. I just find it hard to believe that if there was a tiny population somewhere in the Ozarks, they wou
  7. How do they know it was a Missouri strain, and not a strain from somewhere else besides Arkansas? If the occasional wolf or cougar can roam from a long way off into MO, why not a bear from Minnesota or South Dakota? As for your old timer on the Current...to have seen bears his whole life, there would have to have been a breeding population his whole life. If there was a breeding population, why did it never expand in numbers until recently? How few animals can there be in a breeding population before it dies out, gets completely inbred and unhealthy, etc.? You just about need enough a
  8. The problem with talking about this stuff is that people very often use the wrong names for critters, and it gets confusing. And people get mad when you dispute what they think they saw. We like to think there is still mystery creatures and big, charismatic predators around, even though the evidence of them is sparse or lacking. Join the Missouri Nature Lovers group on Facebook if you want to get excited, or frustrated, with people supposedly seeing all kinds of creatures that simply aren't in Missouri--wrong identifications, unreliable eye witness accounts, etc. Let's just talk about la
  9. Ah, yes, the otter argument... First of all, I knew both the biologist in charge of the otter reintroduction and the guy (Glen Chambers) from MDC who went around the state for years with "tame" otters drumming up support for reintroducing them. Back then people loved otters. There had been books written about how cool otters were. By the time MDC started the reintroduction, I doubt if you could have found a hundred people in the whole state that WEREN'T all for otter reintroduction. (Glen, however, grew to hate the ones he carried around all the time, because they were like some male
  10. All this angling history is interesting, so I did a little research on more general history. Instead of putting it all here, I'm starting another thread in the general angling board.
  11. We often think of sport fishing as a rather modern endeavor; that prior to the 1900s everybody fished for food and used whatever methods were available that worked the easiest to get as many fish as possible. But sport fishing in America has a history that starts as soon as there were people who didn't have to worry about Indians and growing and killing their food all the time. Fact is that there were plenty of people who were fishing mainly for fun using tackle at least a bit like what we use today back well before America gained independence, but it was a sport of the wealthy, or at least
  12. Well, no pictures, but I got out this past week and started the year with smallmouth, largemouth, and northern rock bass.
  13. Conventional wisdom is that you CAN'T harvest too many bluegill. That if you don't take out enough of them, they will overpopulate and stunt, resulting in more but smaller fish. Maybe that conventional wisdom is changing. But I suspect this is something that is very different from one water body to another. In my own experience, the forage base is the biggest influence on bluegill size. I have (or had) a number of different ponds I fished for bluegill, including my own, my brother-in-law's, my father-in-law's, and a couple ponds owned by friends. In my own pond, about 3/4ths of an acre,
  14. At normal lake pool there are about 2.5 miles of flowing water below Dawt. If there is a really significant spotted bass population in that short stretch when it is flowing, it would make it seem more likely that spots could do well above the dam. When the dam was intact, it backed water up for about a quarter mile, maybe a half mile, which was probably not enough to really warm the river up a lot more than what it was above the dam pool. But it would have been nice to do water temperature studies above and below the dam, and what water temps did once the dam was first breached and then rem
  15. I haven't fished the North Fork between Dawt and the lake in a very long time, so I'm curious if there are many spotted bass in that section. I'm not sure whether even water a little too warm for trout to thrive would be warm enough for spots. I agree that if there are any efforts extended toward the trout fishery, they should include some serious tree planting. I would usually agree on the dam and the adverse effects upstream. Just not sure that in this one case, it might possibly be justifiable. There is zero possibility of closing the stream to floaters. But I could certainly get
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