Outdoors

Flowing Waters of Another Time

It was a November river, brightly arrayed in the reds and yellows and orange of fallen leaves set adrift on the blue-gray water before us. But downstream, there were dapplings of green along the lower end of a wide eddy, the green heads of wild mallards… lots of them. The mallards were what we were

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MDC reports firearms deer season opening weekend harvest totals 94,000+

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 11 and 12. Of the 94,977 deer harvested, 54,027 were antlered bucks, 9,535 were button bucks, and 31,415 were does. Top harvest

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MDC continues to offer CWD testing

With mandatory sampling done for the year, MDC continues to offer CWD sampling through the rest of the deer-hunting season. Hunters who harvest deer INSIDE the 41-county CWD Management Zone throughout the remaining deer hunting season can have their deer sampled for CWD testing for free at more than 55 participating taxidermists and designated MDC

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MDC THANKS HUNTERS FOR HELP WITH CWD SAMPLING

MDC THANKS HUNTERS FOR HELP WITH CWD SAMPLING – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the more than 10,000 deer hunters who participated in the Department’s mandatory CWD sampling efforts last weekend in 25 counties. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected 15,872 tissue samples last weekend from harvested deer for CWD testing. MDC sends

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Hunters check 2,899 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that hunters checked 2,899 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season, Oct. 1-31. Top harvest counties were Greene with 100, Texas with 95, and Dent with 94. Last year’s fall firearms turkey harvest total was 3,698. MDC’s turkey biologist says this year’s low fall firearms

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Kleindle squeaks out win on Stockton Lake

Jake Kleindle took the win at the American Bass Anglers Stockton tournament Saturday, Nov. 4. He brought in a five-fish limit that weighed 15.38 lbs and won $640 plus $250 for his 6.17 lb Big Bass. A close second place went to Justin Delk with a 5-fish limit weighing 15.27 lbs earning him $389; Delk

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The Deer Season

Hunting deer is no great difficulty if you own land, or have private land you can hunt, where you won’t be interrupted by other hunters and deer maintain a routine for at least a few days. Game cameras and corn feeders have really simplified deer hunting. On my own place, my camera has not only

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Mandatory CWD Sampling Stations

Testing in 25 counties on Nov. 11 and 12 MDC is requiring hunters who harvest deer in any of 25 select counties of its 41-county CWD Management Zone during the opening weekend of the 2017 November portion of the firearms deer season (Nov. 11 and 12) to present their harvested deer at one of 56

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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

From the Centers for Disease Control Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion disease that affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer and moose. It has been found in some areas of North America, including Canada and the United States, Norway and South Korea. It may take over a year before an infected animal develops symptoms,

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Discover Nature: Hellbender breeding peaks

by Trevor Harris • Oct 10, 2017 Discover Nature (Missouri Department of Conservation) As autumn begins in Missouri, one of the state’s most fragile and unique species is active beneath the surface of some streams. Hellbenders are large aquatic salamanders, reaching lengths of more than a foot. Ozark and Eastern Hellbenders have a wide, flat

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