Outdoors

Angler finds new invasive fish in St. Francis River floodwaters

Fisheries management biologists with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirm an angler caught a Northern snakehead from a borrow ditch within the St. Francis River levees in Dunklin County. The fish was caught on April 25. According to biologists, a Northern snakehead population was discovered in eastern Arkansas waterways in 2008, so they believed

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Stoddard County angler swipes state record for black buffalo

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Joshua Lee of Bernie on his record-breaking 76-pound black buffalo shot in Stoddard County. Lee shot the whopper of a fish while bowfishing at Duck Creek Conservation Area Pool 1 April 21. The previous record weighed 74-pounds. MDC staff verified the fish’s weight using a certified scale in

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Craft wins Stockton tourney

Saturday’s severe thunderstorm warning for Stockton Lake prompted American Bass Anglers three o’clock weigh-in to move quickly. Ten anglers brought 5-fish limits to the scales. Topping the leaderboard was Eric Craft with 12.77 lbs. Second place went to Lucas Fornelli with 11.12lbs; 3rd place was Scott Tassi with 10.19. Fornelli took Big Bass with a

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Young Huntsville angler catches first state-record yellow perch

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Isaac Bohm, 13, of Huntsville, on catching the first state-record yellow perch taken by alternative methods. Bohm caught the fish at a private pond in Randolph County May 11 using a trotline. Weighing in at 10-ounces, it is the first yellow perch that has met the minimum weight

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Missouri spring turkey season ends with 38,777 birds harvested

MDC reports 2,546 birds harvested during spring youth season and 36,231 birds harvested during regular spring turkey season. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 36,231 birds during Missouri’s 2019 regular spring turkey season, April 15 through May 5. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 785 birds checked,

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MDC finds endangered prairie-chicken numbers low on spring mating grounds

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that counts of Missouri’s endangered prairie-chickens on spring leks, or mating grounds, remain dangerously low. In April, biologists checked leks in the state’s two remaining geographies that have prairie chickens. A hopeful finding is that prairie-chicken numbers held steady this spring at leks on or near The Nature

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Report for April 24 – Last 2019 report

For Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River (below Bagnell Dam). Not much has changed from last week. Water temperatures are slowly getting warmer and there is still flow. Truman Lake water levels are coming down and flows are dropping too. They are releasing water from both Truman and Bagnell dams, so

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MCD finds more deer with CWD, disease remains rare in state

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports 41 new positive test results for chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been confirmed following its sampling and testing of more than 32,000 free-ranging Missouri deer during its 2018-2019 disease-surveillance efforts. The 41 new positive test results bring Missouri’s total CWD defections to 116 since 2012. The new positives

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MDC reminds citizens to dispose of fish waste responsibly

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds citizens to dispose of waste responsibly when cleaning fish. Several nuisance reports at Wigwam School Access at the Lake of the Ozarks have prompted MDC to offer a larger dumpster for collection of waste. Any additional fish-cleaning waste should be deposited in deep water, where it cannot end

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MDC forecasts challenging spring turkey

Missouri turkey hunters can expect a challenging spring season according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 6-7. The regular spring season runs April 15 through May 5. Although the good hatches of 2011, 2012, and 2014 helped bolster turkey numbers in much of

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