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    Anything outdoors. Falconer, Herper, fishing, hunting, photography, columnist for American Falconry Magazine.

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  1. Keiththom


    Probably worse. At least when you poach a deer, you do it to for meat. When you kill something like a rattlesnake, you do it because you don't believe that species has a right to exist. “The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: What good is it?” ― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
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    Still haven't located a timber. I did find this pigmy while searching for them.
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    Good night on the Big River

    I set trotlines Thursday night on the Big River in Cedar HIll. I live next to this river but don't fish it much. The river was dropping which is always bad. I only caught 1 channel cat. I baited up again on Friday and we caught a 2 lb, 3 lb, 4 lb, two 6 lb, 2- 7 lb, 2 - 8 lb, 12lb, 13 lb, and a 17 pounder. 93 lbs of fish. I used live sunfish for bait.
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    Yeah, doesn't help much. But still pretty neat! The only time I've found them is when I'm not looking.
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    Gasconade Run

    It's a national issue and one that at the moment is probably unsolvable. If anything, we are moving in the opposite direction in this country with protective agencies under attack. How can you tell a farmer to reduce fertilizers? And as populations grow, and they will, there will be an increase in nutrients / pollutants/ sewage for algae to thrive on, reaching the river systems. All of this will mean more pollution, less diversity, and fewer fish.
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    From most of the data I've seen, rattlesnakes do not travel far from their den sites. Probably 100 yards or less. Some den sites will be communal, and others not so only one snake will use that site. Reptiles make use of pheromones / scent to find each other. Timbers drop live babies around August - September.
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    It sounds like, like myself, not many here have seen a rattler in some time. They are more difficult to see in the hot weather of July and August. Easiest to see in the fall. But if anyone runs across a den site this fall, and wouldn't mind divulging the information for an old herper and photographer, I'd appreciate it!
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    Gasconade Run

    I wish that were true, but like I said, I watched the same progression in the lower big river. The algae bloom here is now permanent. I've also fished / been on the upper meremac, Big piney, and Current river systems in the last few weeks. They have went through the same low water periods but do not suffer from an over abundance of algae. It's true that a flood will do some flushing, but what you see at low water tells you a lot more than what you see after a good flushing. A healthy river system is largely devoid of algae bloom. The bloom that you see on the Gasconade is showing that the river is stressed and getting too many nutrients usually in the form of fertilizers, livestock runoff and / or raw sewage.
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    Gasconade Run

    It's been years (about 13) since I've gotten up to the Gasconade. It was easily my favorite bass fishing river. I had an opportunity to get out on it a little yesterday for some light fishing and site seeing. What I saw was disheartening. In the years since I've been there, the river has degraded considerably. One of the ways I judge a river's viability is by Seining. You can really see a river's diversity by running seines. (I make a habit of seining river systems a lot.) Although I didn't have a lot of time, I was generally disappointed in our seining results. But what concerned and disappointed me most was the algae bloom prevalent everywhere I went. Just walking in the water, you had to pull off the strands of algae that clung to your legs before getting back in the boat. My nets pulled in a lot more algae than fish. Seining is always difficult and predictably bad when the river is filled with an over-abundance of algae. The algae covers the bottom and smothers out the ability of minnows and other life to reproduce. When minnow numbers plummet, the bigger fish soon follow. And great globs of algae were everywhere here at Bell Chute and up river. I've watched the same progression occur during 50 years running the lower big river. It went from a clean stream teaming with fish to what it is today - algae choked and devoid of diversity. Pull a net through the lower Big river and all you'll catch is algae. I really hate to see the Gasconade follow the same progression. I considered it the best bass fishing stream in the state. The Gasconade is the longest river in Missouri and it meanders through so much farmland. These farms produce a great deal of fertilizer runoff which probably contributes to the majority of over-fertilization of this river. There are still bass to be caught here for sure, but the future looks pretty bleak for this river and fishing. I haven't been on the upper stretches around Falcon for even longer. I suspect the river is in much better shape up that way. So - I have to cross off the Gasconade as my favorite bass stream, at least in this stretch, from here on out even though I did pull in few nice fish.
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    Sorry. Lots of misinformation. I've been a herpetologist all my life. Missouri has never stocked rattlesnakes. The "restoration project" you refer to "around St Louis," was designed to radio tag and track rattlesnakes, since they are a species of special concern. Populations of timber rattlesnakes are declining rapidly in the Eastern U.S. due to persecution and habitat loss. Armadillos and feral hogs are not generally credited with Rattlesnake decline, however hogs especially can and will destroy about anything and everything.
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    I do a lot of outdoor photography and I am looking for a spot with a good number of Rattlers, Timber or Pigmy to photograph. Does anyone here see them regularly that would be willing to point me in their direction? It's been quite a few years since I ran across my last one. (August is typically a bad time to spot them due to the heat. ) How many people here have seen one lately?
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    The Great floods of '93

    I remember it WELL, because I live on the river, Big River. 93 was bad but it pales in comparison to the flood of 2017 for us. For those that live on the larger rivers, 93 was the big one. Between those two floods, I'm ready to move to a hilltop. If anybody here would like to donate a couple hundred thousand to finance me a new place, you can contact me in a pm.
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    2 drownings at Castlewood

    When I see the thousands of people floating down the meramac on the weekends, many of them intoxicated, it is a miracle that more don't drown. But Gavin is right. It doesn't make any difference how deep the water is - 10 foot or a million foot. Either you're a good swimmer or you're not. If you're not, and you get out in the current, you're at risk.
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    Meramac below Scott's Ford on 8/10

    Sunday's are not good on the meramac. Way too many people and jet boats to fish.
  15. I fished the meramac below Scotts Ford Yesterday / Friday. I got on the river about midday and fishing was slow. The water seemed dingy as well. Later in the day I started seeing action and ended up with about 25 smallmouth. Nothing huge but a handful of 15 and 16 inch fish. I really wanted a small mess of google=-eye. That didn't happen. I caught plenty, but most were under 8 inches. I finally boated a few over 8 inches, but it was late in the evening and I know I wouldn't have a mess so I released them all. I stay off the river on the weekends due to the crazy's. However, I'm beginning to think Fridays aren't great either, if you want a quiet time. By Friday evening, the party-goers are all arriving, so I believe my new fishing days will be more in the middle of the week instead. Still, it was a good day with a lot of fish hauled in.

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