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Damien Mason

Calming the chaos

Shield Plus adds peace of mind to calving season on Hess Farms
Story and photos by Allison Jenkins
As the 2020 calving season approaches on their northwest Missouri farm, Matt and Belinda Hess feel a mixture of anticipation and apprehension.
After all, last year was rough. Bitter cold, heavy snow and persistent mud in late winter and early spring created a stressful time for their newborns to arrive. When the first calf hit the frozen ground on the Hesses’ Maryville farm March 3, 2019, the high temperature was only 12 degrees and dipped below zero that night.
“We both love calving season because there’s nothing better than seeing that new baby. . . .

Precise irrigation

For love of dove

Mentored events introduce new hunters to wingshooting sports

Story and photos By Allison Jenkins

It’s Sept. 1—opening day of dove season—and 20 hunters are positioned around the perimeter of a freshly mowed, mature sunflower field on Don Dettmann’s farm in Mokane, Mo.
Shots are fired. Shouts follow.
“Over the top!” “Was that you?” “Did you get him?” “Good shot!” “Whose bird was that?”
Spent shotgun shells litter the ground under 19-year-old Marissa Ziebarth’s feet, near several birds she’s harvested this morning. It’s her first dove hunt, and Ziebarth is learning the ropes from her boyfriend, Tyler Cooper, a National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) forester.
“I’ve never shot anything that moved before! I was . . .

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