Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Old Memories and a New Group to Join


Jack Street with Lake Wappapello crappie

       I was on Lake Wappapello this past week with an old-days college roommate, Darrell Hamby, of Patterson MO.  We were fishing for crappie and reliving old times.  That lake is something and though there isn’t room to talk about it much here, I am going to get into it more in a column next week or the one after.  Darrell and I fished with a native of the area by the name of Jack Street, and I cannot wait to tell you his story.  

       Wappapello Lake has an unusual situation with crappie regulations.  You may keep 15 crappie above 9 inches in length and another 15 BELOW 9 inches.  Just to see what it amounted to in the frying pan, I filleted six eight-inch fish and by golly, it made a very good meal… a couple of ounces of meat in each filet.  I am going back in a few weeks to write more about Jack Street.   What a story that old-time outdoorsman is.  I intend to spend a couple more days on that lake with him and Darrell.


       A lady who read what I wrote about that Alpha-Gal allergy, which makes it very dangerous to eat red meat, wrote to indignantly tell me that she has that disease and I goofed up by leaving pork off the list. She says that pork is also meat you cannot eat and milk and other dairy products may be just as bad for some people. It does not affect all people the same!        There have been deaths, (although that is rare) from this disease, or this ‘syndrome’.  You need to read all you can about it to try to understand it. If you get on the Internet often you can find the info there. It is caused by the bite of a lone-star tick; a fairly common big tick with a white spot on it’s back. I never paid much attention to tick repellent in the past, but I will now and I urge you to also.


       In just a couple of weeks we have signed up almost 100 members for our Common Sense Conservationists group.  I am often asked, what is the purpose of the organization, since there is little chance of affecting corruption in a rich and powerful state agency like the Conservation Department.  I am aware of that, but I have two immediate goals.  

       For one, I would like to send out a small free magazine three or four times in 2024, letting folks know the truth about what is going on in the MDC.  That needs to be done. So many are in the dark as to what they do. We will then allow the MDC to give their side of each story in answer within the publication. I also want to raise money to help defend those innocent people charged with violations they didn’t commit, often on some ridiculous technical matter.  I have found lawyers willing to help them or perhaps you, for much reduced costs that we can help pay. That way innocent people can have a defense in court. We can make a difference in that way if we can sign up several hundred people.  

       I don’t want membership money, we don’t ask for it. But there is power in numbers of people, and those magazines telling the truth about what rights we all have and what is being done outside the law by MDC personnel cannot hurt a thing.  How our tax money is being spent needs to be a part of that magazine.  

       It is amazing as I go around to different meetings how little hunters and fishermen and landowners know about what is and isn’t the law. Ignorance of what any law officer can do allows conservation agents to get away with violating your rights. It is time we clarified that.  To join up, just mail me your address and phone number… to CSC Box 22, Bolivar, Mo 65613.  E-mail me at  The office number is 417 777 5227.  Read part two about the deer disease this week on my website,


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Truth That Cannot Be Told


       It is amazing how the Missouri Department of Conservation “buys” the news media, using the millions they have to keep large-scale newspapers, radio and television stations preventing any criticism of them.  Kate Marymount, then publisher of the Springfield News Leader about 20 years ago, told me to write no more criticism of the MDC because, and I am quoting her…  “We have made a deal with the Conservation Department…”  I had written outdoor columns for that newspaper for 20 years, and then the liberal east coast Gannett company bought the newspaper.  Since then there has been nothing about the MDC they do not approve.  How much money did it take to insure that?  Guess where that hush money comes from… all the people of Missouri who by licenses and permits, and all who pay that 1/8th cent sales tax.

       A couple of months ago I was on KWTO radio talking about the new conservation organization I want to form.  I told some of the corruption I have researched, within the MDC and mentioned the charges against innocent people from agents who they allow to come in their homes without a search warrant.  A week later I talked to Don Luzader, who has worked for KWTO for years.  He said that my interview, and I am quoting him… “raised the ire of the new management here.  The new owner was really upset”, he told me “the MDC gives him a lot of money!”


       Just two weeks ago, some young female reporter on KYTV channel 3 was on the air stating that Chronic Wasting Disease cannot affect humans.  Then there media specialist in the Springfield Office, who has spent 30 years writing and saying what they tell him to do and write, came on to reinforce her statement that the disease never can be found in humans.  It is a mass deception.  I called the office, where you cannot ever talk to a real official, and some lady came on that was very hostile to me.  She said that what they had said was proven true.   On the contrary.  You see the term Chronic Wasting Disease is a common name for a prion-in-the-brain killer.  It is like calling a blue heron a crane.  It is an inaccurate term.  The disease is actually Transmissible Spongiform Encepalopathy, which if you put it on the internet is described as “ a disease affecting animals and humans, always fatal.”  That’s what the deer disease is….  not CWD, but TSE.  Not a crane, a heron!  Here is the simplest way I know to explain it… if tomorrow, modern medicine began to call rabies in animals like skunks and bats only by the name of ‘hydrophobia” (fear of water) and declare that humans can get rabies but not hydrophobia, it would be a deception that is now prevalent with the awful disease caused by prions in the brain.  Scrapies in sheep, is TSE.  Mad Cow disease in cattle, is TSE.   CWD in deer and elk is TSE.  Cruetzfeldt Jacobs disease in humans ( which has killed thousands and thousands… is also TSE.  AND YOU CAN GET IT FROM DEER, SHEEP GOAT, ELK, CATTLE, AND OTHER HUMANS.

      Truthful information about this is being shut down so that it will not cause hunters to stop buying deer tags.  This column cannot be printed anywhere in a Missouri newspaper.  Pnne of the newspapers I write this column for was the Licking News, Licking Mo.  The editor tols me a month ago that the paper had been purchased by a wealty Texas man who told her that he wanted her to publish only those columns I wrote which gave a ‘positive’ look at the MDC. 



Monday, September 18, 2023




         People need to know about new diseases that result from outdoor living.  One of them is known as the ‘Alpha-gal’ syndrome, a sometimes-fatal disease people get from the spotted wood tick bite.  A biologist friend of mine from Arkansas says that he knows of several deaths in that state which have resulted from the disease.  

         I won’t go into much detail here about it is caused by a tick bite which but apparently creates some kind of allergy to red meat which makes some people violently ill, when they eat red meat. That does not include pork, chicken and fish. Find out more about it on the Internet.  Doctors themselves are just finding out about it, but it is going to become more prevalent.   It didn’t even exist ten years ago, but at least it is known to be caused by the bite of a certain species of tick.  And few know the extent of the tick diseases.  I think there are nearly 100 species of ticks in the United States and more than two-dozen of them are in the state of Missouri.


         If you find dead deer near water, around water holes at creeks, rivers and ponds, it is likely you are finding deer killed by something called blue-tongue, or epizootic hemorrhagic disease.  It is caused by a biting midge fly and prevalent in late summer when there is a drought and hot weather. Another disease you should know about is transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. 


         On the Internet, that disease is said to affect animals and humans and is always fatal. Look it up.  It is called other diseases, scrapies in sheep, Cruetzfeldt- Jacobs disease in humans, and mad- cow disease in cattle. Humans can get the disease from eating meat from infected cattle, and thousands have, dying a horrible death they say is worse than rabies.  

      There is much you need to know about the disease and it cannot be published in most newspapers because of a tremendous controversy. It is a topic most people are being intentionally mislead about and you will never hear the truth about it through the larger news media sources in the state. 


         I have written about it below...just scroll down past this column.

     I will give you the name and testimony from an Ozarkian who has tearfully told me about seeing a brother die from it… transmissible spongiform encephalopathy.  When I ask people if they have ever heard about it, most have no idea what it is.  You need to know the whole story about it.

      I will talk about all those diseases on Thursday evening, the 21st, at the Patterson, Mo community center from 7 to 8, then again next week in Mt. Vernon, Mo on the 28th.

         For me this week is catfish time. I am going to set trotlines for flathead and channel catfish.  If you use live bait you can catch both species and I love trotlining.  I want to stockpile my freezer with a legal limit of both.  Then I give fresh fish to some elderly folks I know and I will use them in some community fish fries in the fall to help raise money for good causes.  I myself seldom eat fish because we practically lived on fish and ducks and squirrels as a kid. But I love to catch them for others.

         While I am trotlining, I will spend the night on some river gravel bar at times and catch bass on topwater lures during the day.  What a time this is to be fishing, with cooling water comes hungry fish!

         If you like to read, my two magazines are about to be mailed out, one an outdoor magazine and one an Ozark magazine, both are in one publication.  You can get them by calling me… 417 777 5227 and the email address is  If you are as technologically unadvanced as me just write to me at Box 22, Bolivar, Mo. 65613

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Common Sense Conservation meeting in Patterson, MO


From Larry Dablemont      

      I want to alert everyone that we intend to have another ‘Common Sense Conservationists’ meeting of the Fall in Patterson Mo. on Thursday, September 21, beginning at 7:pm. 

      I would like to meet readers of my column in that area of the Ozarks. and tell I have a dream of creating a couple of thousand members wanting to achieve positive results on our rivers, increasing populations of wild turkeys, protecting innocent people now charged with ridiculous citations and the downright corruption of the MDC which is so evident, thru the waste of money we all give them.             Please attend and bring someone with you.
















LARRY DABLEMONT--417-777 5227



September Ducks


   The difference between a blue-wing and green-wing teal

      After all those years of joking about being a grizzled old veteran hunter, I now are one and it ain’t no joking matter!  

     I hunted blue-winged teal during that very first special teal season, about 1964.  I was in high school and Dad and I floated the river in September in one of our wooden johnboats, with a blind attached to the bow, jump-shooting them like we did mallards in December.  The limit was four then… it is six daily now.

      There would always be a few teal on the river...maybe three or four good-sized flocks.  Sometimes there would be eight or ten in a group, sometimes as many as twenty or more and they were never as wary as the mallards and wood ducks we would hunt in the regular season.  If you saw them first you could drift in close.

Dad with our friend Mac Johnson about to retrieve a teal

      They make up for their lack of wariness with some speed.  Ornithologists say they don't fly much faster than other ducks, but I'd bet my chest waders they do. Lead one like you'd lead a mallard and you'll not even dust his tail-feathers.  A flock of teal is a squadron of feathered jetfighters, there and gone almost before you can say 'here they come'.  Decoying teal is great if it isn’t too hot, but my thing has always been floating the river, jump shooting them.

      Maybe I have told this story before, about coming home from School of the Ozarks College in September and hunting teal on the river. I floated alone that day because Dad figured it was too hot and four little teal were not worth the effort.  I was only 17 at the time, and had a lot of exuberance.  But it got hot about mid-day and I stripped down for a quick dip in the cool river.  

      About the time I came up for air, a big flock of teal streaked over me under the treetops.  Figuring they might circle and return, I grabbed my shotgun and was hunkered down behind the stern of my johnboat about chest-deep in the clear water.  Watching downstream, I was so intent I didn't hear the fishermen coming over the shoal above me.  As they passed, they allowed as how it was a nice day and reckoned from that wooden johnboat I was hiding behind I might be Fred Dablemont's grandson. One of them said he had heard I was a college boy, as if that might account for why I was standing in the water naked with a shotgun in my hand!

      I just stood there in that cool current, wishing they'd get on down the river. It is the only time in my entire life I have ever hunted ducks naked.  But many times since, in the heat of mid-September, I have wished I were young enough to do it again. 

      I love to fish a buzz-bait or some other big noisy topwater lure, late in the evening just off the edge of a river current where the water gets deep.  So it could be that I might float a river this coming week, catch a few bass, and shoot a few teal. Might even bag a squirrel or two.... and go for a swim. The season ends on the 24th. Anybody want to go along?  


      On Thursday evening, September 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. I will be at the Patterson, Missouri Community Center, trying to start up an organization to oppose what I see at the corruption of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the illegal activity of their agents.  Please join me there to help begin a new ‘Common Sense Conservationist’ organization.  Call me for more information-417 777 5227 or email me at

We need leaders… meetings in 20 or 30 more Ozark towns will be scheduled for the upcoming fall and winter.


Thursday, September 7, 2023

MDC, CWD - and Black bear info


            There is a lot I could write about black bears in Missouri after interviewing the “bear biologist” who says there are twice as many bears in the Ozarks than there actually are.  She has good reason to exaggerate that number.  Last year, the MDC made only 10 thousand dollars selling 400 bear permits for 25 dollars each.  But they made 73-thousand dollars raking in 10 dollars each from 7300 hunters who merely APPLIED for one of those tags.  None of those seven thousand-plus applicants got their 10 dollars back, but 400 got to pay 25 dollars more to receive a tag allowing them to actually hunt a bear.  Only 8 of those 400 were successful.  I will write more about all that in a later column.  

            What a story there is about a conservation agent (game warden) calling a “bear biologist” in the middle of the night with a trapped bear in a cage, and the fight that ensued over whether or not it should be shot.  The agent wanted to take it to a national forest.  He was fired because of his insistence!  The biologist shot the bear in the cage and apparently sold the hide.  The entire thing was related to me by a Joplin policeman, somewhat amused by witnessing the whole thing.

            I have long begged the MDC to allow me to rent a good-sized venue in Springfield where I could debate some of their ‘biologists’ in front of a couple hundred outdoorsmen and country folks about subjects like CWD, bear and elk seasons, and the alarming decline in wild turkey numbers.  

            So here is what I am proposing…  I want to meet with them, as many of them as want to come, in a debate before turkey season.  I’m saying that I know more about wild turkey than they do!  How can they pass up a challenge like that???  What an opportunity to discredit me and prove that they know more about wild turkey than I do.  What an entertaining event that would be, allowing questions from the audience!!!???  

            My letter goes out to the MDC Director, Sara Pauley this week proposing such a debate, and an opportunity for Missouri turkey hunters to learn why the MDC will not act to stop the decline.  What I wouldn’t give to have Mrs. Pauley join the group.  She and I met for 4 hours a few years back and she had no idea what I was talking about.  I kept bringing up new proposals for and past history of MDC operations.  All I got from her were blank looks.

            I have proposed such a debate for years and there has never been a response.  With the crisis coming in wild turkey populations the past ten years, what would it hurt to answer some questions and hear some ideas?   I want to propose some solid ideas for bringing wild turkey numbers back.   Arrange that, Mrs. Pauley, a discussion which I will be a part of anywhere, anytime, just me against the best of your wild turkey biologists. And we’ll abide by your rules.  Please?!



            As to the bear around the dairy barn, you can so easily bait that bear with big quantities of popcorn well away from the barn. If that is a female with a cub, as it almost certainly is, she has a hibernation den not far away.  In the Ozarks, bears won’t hibernate long, but cubs are born in the dead of winter as the female hibernates, though that period may only be two or three weeks or so.  I would, and could, find that den and destroy it, so that in the future winters the bear would have to move away. That needs to be done. The bear could easily be baited, trapped and moved into the National Forest miles away where it would never return.   Or the farmer could send in ten non-refundable dollars to be considered for one of those 25-dollar tags.  He would have a one-in 200 chance to get drawn for a tag, at which time he could bait the bear like all other bear-harvesters do, and kill it.  That would help the MDC increase its annual revenue, and he could sell the hide and eat some of the awfullest-tasting meat a hunter will ever put in the freezer.

            As someone who hunted black bear in Canada with a camera, I could pass on some valuable information to you who want to hunt bear.  And I have a friend who has killed eight black bears in the Arkansas Ozarks with a bow.  I think my readers would enjoy his story and adventure, which I will put in a future column this summer.  A female bear with a cub nearly ended his hunting adventures forever.  What a hair-raising story that is.


            Of the five thousand I printed, I have a thousand of the publications remaining entitled,  “The Truth About the Missouri Department of Conservation.”  It is free if you will pay the postage.  Call 417 777 5227 to order one. My address is Box 22, Bolivar, Mo 65613 or email me at


And Ye Shall Know the Truth On Occasion


Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy started in commercial deer farms like this one, where deer were fed meat by products to make bigger antlers.  That continues today, herbivores being fed meat.

this buck almost certainly has the disease.  the landowner called several times trying to get the deer, which died days later, tested.  it was never tested, no MDC personnel ever came


      This past weekend, a young lady reporting on deer season changes for Springfield television station KYTV, channel 3, made the statement that the deer killing “Chronic Wasting Disease” does not affect people.  That is an incorrect statement, which is easily debunked.  It does transfer from deer, elk, cattle or sheep and goats to humans and hundreds or perhaps thousands have died horrible death from what it is… an infestation of something called ‘prions’ in the brain.

       Where the Conservation Department and the modern news media gets by in making that statement is… the disease that kills deer and the same exact disease killing humans is accurately called… “transmissible spongiform encephalopathy”.  Chronic wasting disease is a common name for it like Ozarkians calling a green heron a shikepoke. They are the same, but called different names! 

      The names…mad-cow disease and scrapies and chronic wasting are common names for transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. A couple of years ago there were 7 people died from it in the Ozarks of Arkansas.  One was a taxidermist mounting deer heads.  I have interviewed people who have lost loved ones to the disease, one man from Joplin talks about his brother killing a giant-antlered, sick buck thought to have been turned out of a deer-pen operation.  

      No news operation will interview him.  I did.  With tears streaming down his cheek, he told me how the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia took his brother’s body and had it cremated because they confirmed it was Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy.  Of the dozen or so people I have talked to who had relatives die of that ‘sponge in the brain’ disease, all say the disease was a slow horrible death and that the Atlanta-based CDC would not allow the bodies to be taken to a funeral home.  All had been deer hunters.

      In our Common Sense Conservation meeting in Houston, Mo on Thursday  evening, September 14, I will tell you what hours and hours of research has told me about transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, and why the Missouri Department of Conservation fears that it will cost them tens of thousands of dollars.  The power they have keeps the truth from being known. 

      No, ‘chronic wasting disease’ is not a common name for what kills humans.  It is something confined to deer.  BUT, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy is the term for what kills everything from humans, deer, elk, goats, cattle and sheep.        IT HAS KILLED MANY, MANY HUMANS AND YOU CAN’T PROVE THAT THEY GOT IT FROM DEER, because maybe they got it from beef, or elk or goat and sheep meat!  And if you ask that television station why they said humans aren’t affected by it, that is what they will tell you. It is what they have been told to say.

      My next project will be to try to get relatives of those who died from the disease in a meeting where the MDC and the Springfield television will almost have to be there.

      No major newspaper in Missouri will use this article, even as a letter to the editor.

We will talk about many things in that meeting at the Houston Rural firehouse, which is next to the Texas County Library on that upcoming Thursday evening.  

      You may get the answers to questions you have.  Some landowners want to get information on the movement of black vultures into the Ozarks and what they can do.  To get more information on the meeting, call me at 417-777-5227, or email me at