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Gates wanted to stop 'mudding' at Big Oak

Friday, March 30, 2007

CHARLESTON -- A conservation official would like to gate off an area four-

wheeler riders use for "mudding."

Rob Vinson, wildlife management biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, advised Mississippi County commissioners during their regular meeting Thursday that he wants to erect two gates on the west end of No. 7 road south of Big Oak State Park to restrict traffic to the department's agricultural fields.

That part of the road is only used by people who "drink beer and do mud riding," Vinson said. "We have people who go out and do donuts in our crop fields."

Commissioner Martin Lucas said he checked and there is "no record that the county has a right-of-way on that road." The county has maintained it in the past, however.

Vinson said if the two gates are put up on the road, "hunting will be restricted to foot traffic only" in that area.

"All the fishing access will remain open," Lucas noted.

For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at 649-2770.