Odds and Ends
We are just going to catch up on several topics this week, rather than focusing on one. So here goes.
MANAGED HUNTS - First, If you are planning to apply for any of the over 100 managed hunts that the Missouri Department of Conservation offers, you have until July 30 to get your application submitted online.
LAND-OWNER PERMITS If you plan to hunt on a landowner tag this fall during one of Missouri's deer seasons, remember the qualifications have changed. You now need to be an owner, or immediate household member of the owner of at least 20 acres to qualify. Additionally, you will need to submit an application form to the Conservation Department prior to the landowner permits being issued. Most hunters apply at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits. If you can't apply online, contact a Conservation Agent or MDC office for assistance. once you have your application submitted, you will be qualified for three years.
JULY/AUGUST WILDFLOWERS Summer is moving along and the late summer wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Blazing Star and Purple Cone flowers are blooming now, with Gray-Headed Cone Flowers just starting to get showy. Gray Headed Cone flowers are kind of miss-named, since they look more like a Blackeyed Susan, with out the black center. Bee Balm or Wild Bergamont is also blooming. With the abundant rain we have had this year, several of the native grasses are already pretty tall. Look for the seed heads of Big Bluestem to be appearing before long. Big Blue is sometimes referred to as Turkey Foot when the seed heads begin to appearance because of the turkey foot like appearance of the tall seed heads.