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ELWOOD, Mo. It’s opening day of archery season for deer hunters in Missouri, and many bow hunters turn to a small western Greene County store for all their hunting needs. That family-owned business is still open, despite some major damage to their store.

At Batson Dog and Archery Supply, they want their customers to know they’re still open for business despite the boards on the front of their building.

It’s a very busy time of year for the Batson family. “Guys are procrastinators, so yes, we were in here last night late. Every night this week, we’ve been late, working on guys’ bows and just last minute buying arrows,” says Susan Batson, store manager and daughter-in-law of the man who started it all in 1963, Marvin Batson.

“I was looking at maybe a new sight and a new rest, but they’ve got me all hooked up,” says bow hunter and customer John Mitchell.

They’re still serving customers, despite a wreck last week that sent a car through their front door. “The lady was very nice, and it was just an accident. Accidents happen,” Batson says.

The boarded up building has left some customers confused. “They come open the door; are you guys open?” says Batson.

“I wondered why they were remodeling,” says customer Michael Mello.

But they’re getting the word out with signs and social media as their busiest season begins. Batson says, “Our friends and customers have just been wonderful and just calling over and over again; is there anything we can do?”

Being in business more than 50 years, they have some loyal customers.
“We have customers come from all over. Down into Arkansas and north Missouri, Kansas, they come from all over the place,” says Batson.

Deer hunters are excited to get out in the woods. Mitchell says, “It’s kind of like a family and friend type deal where we can all get out together and enjoy each other’s company and hunt.”

And bow hunters and fishermen, trappers, and dog owners are all pleased to see Batson’s is still at their service. “They’re a local business; they’re not a chain; they have a great layaway program, they know what we’re looking for, and they do service on the spot,” says Mello.

The Batsons say the wreck destroyed a machine that measures the speed of an arrow, so they’ll have to get a new one, and they will have to rebuild the entire front section of their store, but they’re kind of looking forward to the upgrade.


For many years, archery was part of warfare, but with the introduction of guns in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, it started its long decline.. The “archery” of today is more like playing with bows and arrows than it is the historical war archery of the past.


Bill Smith, of Mt. Vernon, Maine, aims his crossbow while practicing at his home on May 9, 2005. (Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press)

A new state law means that hunters in Illinois can use crossbows during archery hunting seasons.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that new law applies to the state’s archery deer season and fall turkey archery season starting Oct. 1 and ending Jan. 14. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill changing state wildlife code to repeal restrictions on using crossbows during archery hunting season.

Crossbows previously were allowed under Illinois law during archery seasons under certain rules, including those age 62 and older and disabled people who qualified for a crossbow permit.

Archery seasons will be closed Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 during in counties where firearm deer hunting is open.


San Francisco 49ers QB C.J. Beathard led Iowa to the Rose Bowl while in college.

C.J. Beathard is a rookie on the San Francisco 49ers. After leading Iowa to the Rose Bowl as a junior, Beathard led the Hawkeyes to an 8-win season in 2016. Now he’s on the 49ers depth chart.

Here’s what you need to know about the 49ers quarterback.

1. C.J. Beathard is all over the Iowa football record books

C.J. Beathard’s 21 wins as a starting quarterback rank third in program history. But he has a bunch more top-10 spots in the Hawkeyes record book.

  • 40 touchdown passes to rank sixth
  • 5,991 total offense to rank sixth
  • 454 completions to rank seventh
  • 5,562 passing yards to rank eighth

Beathard passed for 179 yards as a freshman and then 645 yards as a sophomore. He then took off as a junior, throwing for 2,809 yards, 17 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Beathard led Iowa to a 12-0 start and a spot in the Rose Bowl. In his senior season, with the Hawkeyes receiving corps hurt with injuries, Beathard passed for 1,929 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

2. C.J. Beathard went in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft — a shock to experts

After Beathard and Iowa had a disappointing 2016 season considering the preseason top-20 ranking, Beathard seemed to have lost some momentum going into a possible NFL career. But Beathard didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called during the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 49ers drafted Beathard in the third round at No. 104 overall. That made him the sixth quarterback taken in the draft after Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and David Webb.

Beathard later signed a 4-year deal with the 49ers.

3. C.J. Beathard got the nickname “Sunshine” because of his long hair

Hawkeyes fans gave him the nickname “Sunshine” because of his long hair looked like that of Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass from “Remember The Titans.” Beathard eventually cut off his hair and donated it to Wigs For Kids. The non-profit organization makes wigs to support children who have lost their own hair because of various medical problems.

4. C.J. Beathard’s family is well-known in both football — and country music

Beathard’s grandfather, Bobby, is a former NFL general manager. Beathard’s father, Casey, is a songwriter. Casey’s co-written six No. 1 songs, including “The Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney.

Beathard even appeared in the music video at the 1:50 mark.

Beathard is also the brother of rising country music singer Tucker Beathard.

5. C.J. Beathard used a strong preseason to move up the depth chart

C.J. Beathard’s impressive preseason turned heads. He led 49ers quarterbacks with 26 completions, 45 attempts, 401 yards, 4 touchdowns and also had only 1 interception in the preseason.

But his most eye-opening play was on the ground. Beathard, who rushed for -13 yards as a senior in Iowa because of sacks, outran the Los Angeles Chargers defense for a 62-yard touchdown in an August 31 preseason game.

Thanks to the run, Beathard finished the preseason third on the 49ers with 85 rushing yards, behind only Joe Williams and Raheem Mostert.

Going into the 2017 NFL regular season, Beathard was second on the depth chart after Brian Hoyer, another former Big Ten quarterback. Hoyer played at Michigan State.


The 49ers strong safety is questionable to return.

Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Fooch’s update: Eric Reid returned to the game on the 49ers first defensive snap of the third quarter.

The San Francisco 49ers took a tough blow on Sunday. Strong safety Eric Reid suffered a knee injury and had to leave the game in the second quarter. Reid is listed as questionable to return. In his absence, Jaquiski Tartt moved over to strong safety, and Jimmie Ward came on at free safety.

Ward is active for the first time this season, and was coming off the bench in the first half as a sub-package option. Tartt has made two consecutive starts at free safety, but will eventually be replaced in the starting lineup once Ward is ready to go back to being a full-time starter.

Reid’s loss is a tough one for the 49ers, as he had taken quite well to the strong safety role in this new-look defense. He was able to walk off under his own power, so we’ll see if he is able to return to this game.


SEATTLE—Sighing into the microphone as he stood at the 50-yard line of Centurylink Field, NFL referee Gene Steratore ruled during Sunday’s game that the San Francisco 49ers could put as many men on the field as they want. “You know what, the offense may have however many guys they need on the field to make this fucking thing close,” declared Steratore while waving the 49ers sideline onto the field before picking up the flag he had initially thrown for an illegal substitution. “Put 12 or 13 men in the huddle if you need to, or put the whole goddamn roster on the field. Fuck it, they’re all eligible receivers, too. Go 15-wide if that’s what you gotta do.” At press time, a visibly frustrated Steratore had ruled that, for all he cared, the 49ers could also violently shake an opposing players’ facemask or tear a ball carrier down by the collar if they could get close enough.


Blue Earth/Le Sueur Counties –

A special archery deer hunt 991 begins this Saturday September 16 in the East Minnesota River Refuge.

The refuge is located in Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties along the east bank of the Minnesota River.

It is open to archery hunting until Dec. 31 for taking antlerless deer and legal bucks.

Hunter registration or application is required prior to hunting.

The purpose is to assist in the tracking of the deer harvest and deer population in the refuge.

Wildlife Officer Joe Stangel says, “The refuge is unique because it’s entirely private land you have to have permission to hunt it but the special hunt does allow you to take a two deer limit and that deer can be a buck and a doe or two does depending on what you choose to take.”

The number of permits to be issued is not limited, but hunters must apply before hunting.

There is no fee for this permit application.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Hunters take to the woods in Missouri again, starting this weekend – with the beginning of deer and turkey season for bow hunters.  It begins the fall hunting season, which includes the firearms deer and turkey seasons, stretching well into autumn.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says the archery deer and turkey season is scheduled in two parts this year – Sept. 15-Nov. 10 and again Nov. 22, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018.

In between, the firearms deer season runs November 11-21.

The full schedule:


Archery Season: Sept. 15 through Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018.
Firearms Turkey Season: Oct. 1 – 31


Archery Deer: Sept. 15 through Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018
Firearms Deer Early Youth Portion: Oct. 28 and 29
Firearms Deer November Portion: Nov. 11 – 21
Firearms Deer Late Youth Portion: Nov. 24 – 26
Firearms Deer Antlerless Portion: Dec. 1 – 3
Firearms Deer Alternative Methods Portion: Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2018

The MDC says archers are allowed to harvest two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer may be taken prior to Nov. 12. Hunters may purchase and fill any number of archery antlerless deer-hunting permits during the archery deer season in all open counties.

A new regulation this year limits hunters to two antlered deer during the archery and firearms deer seasons combined. Archers can also harvest two turkeys of either sex. Both may be taken the same day. Bow hunters can use a longbow, compound bow, recurve bow of any draw length or a crossbow. Hand-held string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights and atlatls are also allowed.
Hunters can purchase permits at any Missouri Department of Conservation office, area vendors, or  online at

More on deer season dates, limits, permits and regulations can be found here  

Turkey season limits, permits and regulations can be found here


5-year-old Chrukuri Dolly Shivani made two records in archery on Sunday and secured a place in the India Book of Records and the Asian Book of Records.


Shivani became India’s youngest archer in 2015 when she scored 200 points by shooting at targets placed at the distances of five and seven metres.

In her first attempt, the girl shot 103 arrows at a target placed 10 metres away in just eleven minutes and nineteen seconds. In her second, she shot 36 arrows at a target placed twenty metres away in five minutes and eight seconds. Her total scored rounded to an applause-worthy 290 points out of 360.

The Vice-President of India, Venkaiah Naidu took to Twitter to congratulate the young archer.

Others soon joined in to hail Shivani’s achievements.

Shivani is now gearing up for the 2024 Olympics. She currently trains at The Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada.

Shivani has archery running in her blood. The girl hails from a family of archers where her dad – who tragically died in a car accident – was an international archer and coach.


Seahawks Michael Bennett wants to see DeForest Buckner get a sack Sunday on Seahawks QB

DeForest Buckner is seeking his first sack Sunday in Seattle since recording six last season as a 49ers rookie defensive lineman, including this one in December on New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA – As the practice-field speakers cranked up to mimic Seattle’s deafening stadium, here are the top three things we learned Thursday as the 49ers prepared for their upcoming visit to the Seahawks:

Arik Armstead (91), left, and DeForest Buckner (99) participate in the San Francisco 49ers first team practice at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

1. Pass rush plans. The 49ers aren’t the only ones hoping to see defensive lineman DeForest Buckner record his first sack this season. So is Seahawks counterpart Michael Bennett, who’s helped train Buckner the past two summers in Hawaii.

“Mike’s a good guy. I was just talking to him last night and he was telling me I better get a sack this week,” Buckner said Thursday. “So there’s a little pressure from him, but it’s all good.”

Wait, Bennett actually wants the 49ers to sack the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson? That must simply be out of respect for Buckner’s progress rather than any anti-Seahawks sentiment, right?

“Of course,” replied Buckner.

Buckner noted that he didn’t win his one-on-one matchups in Sunday’s opener against the Carolina Panthers, who did not allow Cam Newton to get sacked in the 23-3 victory.

“They did a great job protecting Cam,” 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. “I mean he’s got one of the deeper set points in the league at eight or nine yards. Their offensive line does a great job and he’s got a big enough body to stand in there and take a pounding.”

Elvis Dumervil twice had Newton escape from his clutches for what would have been Dumervil’s 100th career sack. Dumervil posted a picture of one such near-miss on his Instagram account and captioned it: “Almost doesn’t count. We will be better. #QuestFor100.”

Arik Armstead only has 4 1/2 career sacks as the team’s 2015 top draft pick. His plan of attack on Wilson: “You want to be aggressive and go after him, but be mindful of his scrambling ability.”

“We’re going to approach this week different than we did with Cam, just from a D-line standpoint,” Saleh said. “I don’t if I can say it’s much different because (Newton and Wilson) are both running quarterbacks.”

One potential change is activating Aaron Lynch, who did not suit up for the opener as Saleh instead opted for interior depth with Xavier Cooper and D.J. Jones. “There’s no question it’s got to be better,” Saleh said of the pass rush.

Added Dumervil: “There’s no secret to it. It’s about everybody just going harder, playing a better effort.”

The Detroit Lions traded 2015 first-round pick Laken Tomlinson two weeks ago to the 49ers, who might be ready to insert him at left guard. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

2. The Great Laken?: Two weeks after being traded from the Detroit Lions, Laken Tomlinson lined up at left guard on the first-string unit, at least in the warmup session during the media’s viewing window at practice. Coach Kyle Shanahan wants to see how well Tomlinson has learned the outside-zone blocking scheme before making any lineup changes, which would likely mean benching left guard Zane Beadles.

Tomlinson has made a positive first impression on left tackle Joe Staley, who said: “He’s very eager to learn. He’s a great guy in our offensive line room. You see on the field he’s really stoutly, powerly built. He reminds me a little bit of Mike (Iupati). His feet are very quick, so you can see why he was a top pick (in the 2015 first round by the Lions) and why we tried to get him here.”

As for last Sunday’s woes, Staley said the offensive line’s film review held up as “disappointing” but that there were “no glaring, huge flaws that aren’t fixable.” Instead, Staley said communications and technique issues hurt them most against a powerful Panthers front.

3. Seattle sounds: Quarterback Brian Hoyer, wide receiver Pierre Garçon and fullback Kyle Jusczcyk have yet to play in Seattle in their careers, and it will be an ear-splitting debut for rookies such as tight end George Kittle and running back Matt Breida. But one skill position player who has experience is wide receiver Marquise Goodwin.

Goodwin was on the Buffalo Bills last season when they pulled within 28-25 of the host Seahawks before falling 31-25 on Nov. 7. Beside the obstacles created by a loud crowd, Goodwin has other advice for his 49ers teammates: “You’ve got to know those guys are going to bring it all four quarters, and you have to be mentally ready for that.”

Staley was midway through his rookie season in 2007 when he was stunned by Seattle’s noise. “No one really told me going in that it was a loud stadium,” Staley recalled. “In my own mind, I was, ‘(Expletive)! This is the NFL? What the (expletive) is this? I can’t even think.’ ”

Staley said he would make sure none of his current teammates “have crazy expectations like they’re about to hear a snap count.”


— Free safety Jimmie Ward warmed up with the defensive backs and did so for apparently the first time without a compression sleeve on his problematic hamstring.

— One reason Saleh is not taking the Seahawks offensive line lightly is their position coach Tom Cable, who interviewed in January for the 49ers coaching vacancy. Said Saleh: “Cable is one of the finest O-Line coaches in all of football. The message he delivers is awesome from a physicality standpoint. I know that whatever trouble they had last week will not be an issue this week.”

— Linebacker Reuben Foster, with his sprained right ankle in a stabilizing boot, put on boxing gloves to work on his hands with a strength coach during practice.

Saleh said he wants Foster to “learn. Just watch tape. Try to take in as much information as he can and to really focus on his body, getting it right. If he can come out of this really understanding the way we’re being attacked and to be able to really see what teams do to our scheme, it would be very beneficial.”

— Offensive tackle John Theus got claimed off waivers by the Panthers, who Theus did not suit up against Sunday prior to his release.


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