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Hunters need to scout more thoroughly this season

October 10, 2009
Jon Magee

When I opened my e-mail the other day and found the DNR's 2009 Mast Survey & Hunting Outlook I was eager to look and compare my observations with the findings on the survey. This annual survey, which began in 1970, is a compilation of observations of the mast conditions for 18 different species of hard and soft mast producing trees and shrubs from 290 locations throughout the state. It provides an estimate of the mast produced by each species in the various ecological regions of the state and described as abundant, common, or scarce. Researchers then calculate a mast index for each species according to ecological region and elevation.



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