Missouri has acquired about 300 acres in south-central Missouri that had been forfeited after the owner was convicted of federal drug charges.
The state Department of Conservation said Monday that Missouri State Parks acquired at auction the 330 acres of property in Shannon County that had been owned by James Tebeau. Tebeau was sentenced last year to 30 months in prison and ordered to forfeit the land, known as "Camp Zoe," after he was convicted of holding music festivals where drugs were sold.
Conservation officials in Missouri want deer hunters to take precautions this fall in order to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. CWD cases are so far limited to a containment zone in north central Missouri, with the state’s first documented case occurring three years ago.
Joe Jerek with the state Conservation Department said hunters should wear latex gloves when field-dressing a deer.
The Missouri Department of Conservation recently introduced plans to include public input on designated conservation areas around the state. The new process is meant to help hikers, fishers and hunters express what they like and dislike regarding the planning and maintenance of the areas.
The size of Tucker Prairie has been slightly reduced since the construction of I-70; the area is 145 acres.
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A fire burns over Tucker Prairie April 2, 2013. Various tracts are designated to be burned over a period of years in order to enrich the soil, speed up the decay process and prevent woody shrubs from taking over.
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A fire burns over Tucker Prairie April 2, 2013. The fire was one of a series of prescribed fires that day.
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Fire supplies sit in a truck on an access road at Tucker Prairie. The supplies were brought to aid in a prescribed fire April 2, 2013
Missouri hunters disagree over The Department of Conservation’s actions to combat Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, a neurological disease that affects deer.
Many free-range hunters support the actions, yet some breeders and preserve operators say they are being unnecessarily targeted for the spread of CWD. Former President of the MO Big Game Association and preserve operator Sam James said the Department of Conservation is blaming CWD on them because they do not like gaming preserves.
Missouri hunters can fight hunger this hunting season. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri sponsor the Share the Harvest program, which helps fight hunger by allowing hunters to donate their deer meat to approved meat processors. The meat is then distributed to several food banks and local food pantries and given to those in need.