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Definition of a goose or duck hunter

Posted October 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

By Ken Kieser
Northeast News

October 16, 2012

I have heard many descriptions of a waterfowl hunter over the years and most not flattering. Yet before starting this column I want to emphasize that goose hunting has nothing to do with receiving a well-placed thumb in the nether region or the fist fight that often occurs after this shocking experience, no matter how often it happens in goose or duck hunting lodges. This is about the essence of a true wild goose or duck hunter.

Recently I spent a chilly morning with several hunting buddies during Missouri’s early goose season. I left a warm bed at 4 a.m. while my wife gave me the same heart-warming send off, “you’re crazy,” before rolling

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    Hooked on Fishing – Never on Drugs

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    July 24, 2012

    This recent news item made me sick: “Young man on meth kills two young Northland mothers.”

    I feel horrible for the young women who lost their lives and all the kids and young adults in Kansas City who lose this same type of battle almost daily.

    Meth! Apparently a drug that would make someone crazy enough to kill two mothers because he could not have sex with one – so he killed them

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    Gator stories

    Northeast News
    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    May 9, 2012

    Imagine living in a water world filled with alligators. This would put a new slant on skinny dipping or even reaching your hand in the water to check a limb line. We have snakes that bite, but none will tear off a limb like a charming alligator.

    My friend Stan Kirkland is the regional spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He constantly deals with alligator reports, some of a very serious nature. Here are a few of his favorite alligator moments:

    “A few years ago a central Florida homeowner near Winter Park made a

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    Fathers and sons on the White River

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    April 4, 2012

    Waters flowing down the White River mark passages of time. Fathers and sons have fished and hunted these waters for centuries. Trips to this river started as a means of survival in food and clothing. Today, returns are measured in recreation and good meals, but fathers and sons still return.

    Glen Wheeler and Lawrence Taylor treasure these moments with their sons on this prime stretch of Arkansas River. Watching Zane Wheeler, 9, Hunter Taylor, 8, and Michael Taylor, 5, hook and reel in trout makes the drive and expense seem unimportant and the best of

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    Winter to spring

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    March 6, 2012

    Winter is a rough time! Cold winds drive up heating bills and cabin fever becomes a reality. My father always said, “You endure a bad winter to be rewarded by a beautiful spring.” This is especially true for wildlife.

    Thankfully, March is the gateway to spring. Let’s take a look at how several species survive this roughest part of winter and how they will fare this spring:

    January and part of February makes wildlife survival a challenge. Larger animals like deer dig through ice and snow with their hooves to find meager tidbits. Coyotes, foxes and

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    The National Pheasant Quest and Quail Classic

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    February 2, 2012

    Snow crunched as the English pointer ran through a huge field. Suddenly the muscular dog came to a complete stop, hesitated, and then froze in deliberate point. The hunter moved slowly towards the pointer, deliberately picking each step.

    A shiver flushed through the pointer’s body as excitement set in. This was his moment. The man moved closer while anticipation of a covey rise grew with each step – for both hunter and dog.

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    A New Year’s miracle

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    January 4, 2012

    The very wildlife we cherish fights for life daily. Each species is equipped with fur, fins or feathers that sustain life in severe weather conditions, but aspects of the food chain often shorten life. We know this, but on occasion witness wildlife’s daily struggles to survive.

    The year of 2011 was in its finally days as Steve Matt and I slipped through the darkness towards several thousand white geese on a small lake. We were in the middle

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    All about turkey

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    December 1, 2011

    So, it’s the holiday season and many will devour turkey. Did you ever wonder the history of wild turkey? Most importantly, why is there a domestic and wild version of this bird who dreads the holidays?

    Spanish explorers discovered Mexico in 1517, and on this expedition they discovered large numbers of turkeys. The men took careful notes and

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    Hobies on Taneycomo

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    November 1, 2011

    I once made the statement, “You will never see me on a kayak or canoe in Branson’s Lake Taneycomo,” a statement that seemed like common sense.

    Kayaks and canoes are scarce on Taneycomo. The water is ice cold throughout the year, great for trout and lousy for swimming humans. Kayaks turn over, especially when the angler is 6’5 and 240 pounds like me, so putting that much weight in a kayak over deep, cold water seemed foolish-a chilling

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    Flying the Tin Goose

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    October 1, 2011

    Many thoughts occur while riding on an airplane made in 1929, like, will this plane stay in the air? How can a plane fly slowly enough to land without flaps? Why does this plane have automobile-style steering wheels with Ford printed where the horn should be?

    These were three of my many thoughts while taxing down the runway at Lee’s Summit Airport in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor made from corrugated aluminum alloy that resembled material from a metal roof usually found on barns. The Ford Motor Company mass produced

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