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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
  16. I disagree on the Kentucky fishery. Every stream section in the Ozarks that is heavily enough springfed to support trout has never had a spotted bass fishery. I do not think spots are willing or able to colonize such cold waters. But that brings up something else that I alluded to originally. There have been few, if any spotted bass, either in the trout section or upstream from it. Whether that was because the dam formed a barrier, or whether it was the cold water, it could be possible that the removal of the barrier, allowing an unlimited number of spotted bass to work their way upst
  17. No, as I understand it, people were getting killed swept into and under the dam because it was in a state of disrepair.
  18. Guys, I don't really have a dog in this hunt. I have no idea whether the dam replacement is good, bad, or in between. I DO value wild, naturally reproducing trout, but I'm not in love with them. I do think it would be a shame to stock the river and risk the wild trout in any way. Pure conservation is impossible here, because Norfork Lake is an unnatural "reservoir" of various fish species that would be rare or non-existent in the river without the lake sitting downstream. But somewhat pure conservation would be to leave things as they are, with perhaps some tree planting programs to speed
  19. A friend of mine who lives on the trout section of the North Fork just sent me a letter that he wrote that he wishes everybody who is interested in the North Fork trout fishery to consider. I will not post the letter itself, but will somewhat paraphrase it with my own thoughts added. The North Fork is almost unique in the Midwest and the Ozarks, as it is the largest trout stream with wild, naturally reproducing rainbow trout. Keep in mind that the last time the North Fork was stocked with rainbows was in 1964, although MDC still stocks brown trout--brown trout have not proven to be able
  20. I've heard that. Piscifun IS based in China. I don't know how anybody feels about using Chinese products, but the fact is that every reel company either has reels manufactured in China, or at least sources parts from China. Even Abu Garcia, who manufactures in Sweden, gets parts from China. I guess everybody has to decide whether any of it makes any difference.
  21. Al Agnew


    These days, if you want to work at it long enough and hard enough, you certainly CAN learn anything on your own that you can learn in college. The point of college is the degree. And the point of the degree is to SHOW that you've learned enough to graduate, and therefore hopefully know enough about your chosen field to qualify for a job in it. Learning on your own, it's tough for potential employers to judge whether you know anything or not. The other value to college, though I imagine a lot of people won't agree, is that it broadens your horizons. For somebody like me, grew up in a s
  22. I've probably told my cooper's hawk story here before, but a number of years ago, I was busy painting in my studio, which has big windows and a bird feeder right outside, no more than 10 feet from the window right where I painted. I was startled out of concentrating on my painting by a "thump...THUMP" on the window. Looked out, and there was a cooper's hawk that had just crashed into the window, after chasing a goldfinch into the window as well. As Johnsfolly said, when a cooper's hawk or sharp-shinned hawk hunts a bird feeder, which they love to do, the birds often spook, see the reflectio
  23. Kastking was started by a group of American guys, is still headquartered in the U.S., and makes products in China like just about every other reel company, along with some products in other countries and some products that are still made in America. TJM's link is to a good article on them.
  24. We have a pair of red-shouldered hawks that have nested right behind the house for several years now, and they are still here. I wonder how many red-shouldered hawks migrate. For a number of years, we had a single rough-legged hawk show up every winter. It's favorite perch was in a walnut tree nestled among a group of persimmon trees in the corner of our field of warm season grass, and it hunted the field constantly. Then one year it didn't show up, and we haven't seen one since.
  25. Merry Christmas to everybody! Mary and I always spend Christmas Eve night with Mary's sister and her three kids, now grown, who we consider the closest thing to the kids we never had. Until this year. We had planned to open presents at their house, with everybody careful to keep some distance and wear masks, until Mary came up with a bad sore throat day before yesterday. So we spent yesterday running all over eastern Missouri trying to find someplace to get a rapid Covid test. She finally got one...and it came back negative. But by then we were just too tired to drive another 40 mi
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