Mitch Lovgren


Whitetail Deer Management


Mitch is in charge of Deer Management for the Macon County Conservation District. He brought along Ethan Snively for back up. Mitch has worked for the MCCD for about four years.

White Tail deer, numerous when the Europeans arrived, were pretty scarce by 1900. They began to make it back in the 1950ís. I remember seeing a deer track while hunting rabbits in a corn field around 1952. None of the people I told it to had ever seen a deer or a track before.

The deer population has grown and now there is a need to manage their numbers for the good of people, and the deer. The biggest problem is the interaction between us. Read that as us and our automobiles. Mitch keeps track of collisions around the MCCD areas that have deer and there have been lots of them. Other factors are crop damage and ecological considerations. A lot of deer eat a lot of plants whether they be corn or native plants that are becoming endangered species.

 So how do they manage the deer herd? Mitch records all sorts of deer data, Hunting days, does and bucks harvests, sightings, browse lines, etc. Itís all done very statistically and thatís all we need to know.When the numbers are right he sics a bunch of bow hunters on the deer. They must kill a doe before they can kill a buck. The hunting areas are marked in the areas with deer. Mitch keeps track of all that data too.

Managing the hunters sounds like more work than the deer. Most come from Macon County but they do come from out of state and last year two came from out of country. Again Mitch has to keep count of everything and body. Sometimes they have drawings for slots and a second season. Itís all very confusing.

I believe Mitch is doing a good job managing the herd, But I am still driving slowly on lovely fall nights.



Mark your calendars
Good Samaritan Inn: July 27, next volunteer opportunity.
Seniorama: September 11.
Millikin Childrenís Play: October 16 & 17.
In June, 84 members logged 1,550 volunteer hours.





Today we had 87 members 2 special guests, and 2 speakers for a total of 91.





We had two guests today. John Cook was a guest of Gary Sickbert. John will be a guest no longer. Preston Wade was a guest of his father Larry.



50-50 - WINNER

First place winner was John Graham and second went to Dean Stone. Congratulations, Folks. 



No reports of health issues from those present.


Sharon Cunningham said we had an interesting Interclub with Lincoln Club yesterday. The speaker didnít make it so we spent our time answering their questions about our club. Questions on how we did various things like how we get new members, raise funds, get members to come, etc. Gary Goeken answered the tough ones. They couldnít imagine a room as large as ours filled with people interested in Kiwanis.

Dave Geibel wrapped up the Scholarship Fund raising month this morning. He said that from 1/1/15 to 6/30/15 the fund took in $1919.50 from various sources. During July they collected $3,783.00 so the total so far for this year is $5,696.50. The goal this year is $5,000.00 so we are doing well. We will continue to accept money from 50/30/20 drawings, member memorials, etc. Also, we will be grateful to get ďjust for the hell of itĒ (old club quote) and Feel Good donations. Dave says he has come to believe the truth of the old adage ďIt is better to give than receiveĒ. So next time you want to feel better, remember the Scholarship Fund. Dave also gave his heartfelt thanks to all who participated this month. He said ours was the most popular of the Scholarship Funds handled by the Decatur & Macon County Community Fund.

Joy Greive said they had extra invitations to the Membership Breakfast if you would like one or more to deliver personally. She also thanked all for their efforts in getting prospective members for the breakfast.

Jack Kenny has all the driver slots filled for the tennis tournament. He said that, knowing this group, he knew he would. He reminded the drivers to read and heed the paragraph at the top of the paper he gave them.

Dan said that we still need to fill some of the spots for the next year. They are the Clothing Business, Nugget Editor, Invocations, Orientations, and Interclub. It is your club, Folks, so letís get behind it. If you can help out see Bill Hogg, Bob Bischoff, or me.

Susan Rayhill reported on last Mondayís service at the Good Samaritan Inn. She and Donna Dash chopped vegetables from 9:00 to 1:00am with no, repeat, no loss of digits, be they fingers or toes. Patrons came through in single file continually for two solid hours. She honored those who worked by having them stand for recognition.


NONE this week.


Florence & Don Leckrone: Married March 29, in Hessville, Indiana. This will be 57 years.

Linda & Gary Goeken: Married April 4th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 11 years.

Barbra & Jim Higdon: Married April 4th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 46 years. Anniversaries

Jan & John Baird: Married August 2nd, in Wessington Springs. This will be 40 years.

Toni & Mike Longstreet: Married August 3rd, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 52 years.

Sharon & Mike Heger: Married August 3rd, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 47 years

Christine & Dan Foster: Married August 8th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 30 years.

Linda & Bill Austin: Married August 8th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 45 years.



Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding and on the way they pass a drugstore. Jacob suggests they go in. Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: 'Are you the owner?' The pharmacist answers yes.

Says Jacob: 'We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?'

Pharmacist: 'Of course we do.'

Jacob: 'How about medicine for circulation?' Pharmacist: 'All kinds.'

Jacob: 'Medicine for rheumatism, scoliosis?'

Pharmacist: 'Definitely.

Jacob: 'How about Viagra?'

Pharmacist: 'Of course.'

Jacob: 'Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, jaundice?'
Pharmacist: 'Yes, a large variety. The works.'
Jacob: 'What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?'
Pharmacist: 'Absolutely.' Jacob: 'You sell wheelchairs and walkers?'
Pharmacist: 'All speeds and sizes.'

Jacob says to the pharmacist: 'We'd like to register here for our wedding gifts, please.



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