As one part of the 2011 deer season ended, another started. Hunters who were unsuccessful during the November portion of the firearms season may still take an antlerless deer from this past Wednesday through Dec. 4.

As one part of the 2011 deer season ended, another started. Hunters who were unsuccessful during the November portion of the firearms season may still take an antlerless deer from this past Wednesday through Dec. 4.


With Thanksgiving Day, outdoorsmen like Richard Morris of Sedalia are thankful for the opportunity to enjoy the Missouri outdoors, whether it be hunting, camping, fishing, boating or other related things, including outdoor photography.


“Since we moved to Missouri from North Dakota several years ago, we have enjoyed the outdoor adventures we have experienced here,” Morris said. “Before moving to Missouri, my wife never liked to fish, but after our first trip to the Lake of the Ozarks, she caught a limit of crappie and now she is always ready to go fishing. Along with our two boys, we have enjoyed outdoor outings, including camping and hiking. And on this Thanksgiving, we give thanks we can enjoy all the outdoor activities available.”


Morris, being an amateur photographer, has taken advantage of Missouri’s fall season by photographing wildlife.


“I have taken some good shots of deer, turkey, waterfowl and even rabbits and squirrels,” he said. “On a recent camping trip, we saw a flock of wild turkeys, seven deer, lots of geese, plenty of songbirds and even a bald eagle near Stockton Lake. I was glad I have a digital camera because otherwise I would have burned up a lot of film.”


Fall isn’t just for good hunting; it’s also a good time for catching fish, as Tim Martin and Harry Hicks found out last week. The retired residents of Warsaw, Mo., caught limits of crappie and two bass weighing more than 5 pounds while fishing off a dock at the lake.


“Crappie fishing has been good all year, but the ones we caught last week were all over 10 inches, and Harry landed a 2-pounder,” Martin said. “With all the windy weather, we decided to fish one of our favorite docks and, using small jigs and ultralight rods, we had a blast.”


Meanwhile, waterfowl hunters have seen the hunting success pick up the past few days as more birds are migrating through the state, Duck numbers have been building up at most of the waterfowl areas in the state as the south zone opened on Thanksgiving day.


Thanksgiving is a great time for outdoorsmen to give thanks for all the opportunities available in our area.