Outdoors

New Stockton spotted bass regulation increases opportunity

Increasing angling opportunity and potentially improving conditions for other sportfish are the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) goals for Stockton Lake’s newest spotted bass regulation. This year, the minimum length limit for spotted bass on Stockton is 12 inches. This regulation went into effect March 1 and replaces the previous minimum length limit of 15

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MDC invites public to learn about turkey hunting basics

Spring turkey hunting involves a variety of skills. Knowing how to locate a gobbler, call him into shotgun range, handling firearms in a safe fashion, and knowing the regulations are all parts of a successful and safe hunt. Hunters can learn more about the fundamentals of this popular spring pastime at two free Missouri Department

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Scott Tassi takes win and big bass

Kansas angler, Scott Tassi, topped the leader board at the D126 American Bass Anglers tournament held on Stockton Lake March 16. Tassi weighed in a 5-fish limit that went 15.18 lbs on the scales anchored with Big Bass of the tournament, a largemouth bass that weighed 6.02 lbs. Robert Cowen took 2nd place with a

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MDC finding fewer endangered prairie chickens despite conservation efforts

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Missouri’s endangered prairie-chickens have dwindled to dangerously low numbers despite decades of conservation efforts. A bird once sustained on vast open grasslands now only has relatively small islands of usable habitat for nesting, feeding, and protection from predators and weather. That’s not enough for prairie-chickens, and perhaps

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Paddlefish report for March 12

For Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River (below Bagnell Dam). The 2019 paddlefish snagging season opens Friday, March 15, and runs through Tuesday, April 30. Weekly snagging reports for Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River will begin after March 19 and will be posted on Wednesdays. Updates

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A Chance to Meet Readers

I hope that many of the folks who read this column can attend the tenth annual Grizzled Old Outdoorsman Swap Meet, held on Saturday, March 16, in the church gymnasium of the Brighton Assembly of God Church. It is easy to find, just off Hwy. 13, five miles south of Bolivar and 15 miles north

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Get new MDC booklets for spring 2019

Get more information on MDC offerings at mdc.mo.gov. Hunters, trappers, anglers, and others can get free copies of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) updated booklets on spring turkey hunting, hunting and trapping, fishing, and the Wildlife Code of Missouri. The handy booklets have information on related permits, seasons, species, regulations, limits, conservation areas, sunrise

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The Confusion Disease

by Larry Dablemont I will be killing a deer or two this week to give to the Missouri Department of Conservation to check for CWD. I am looking for older deer knowing that young deer seldom have the prions. I also want bucks, because research has shown the disease is more prevalent in bucks than

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Spring turkey hunting includes MDC nontoxic-shot regs for new areas

Use of nontoxic shot for shotgun hunting now required on 16 more conservation areas in addition to 21 areas where nontoxic shot is already required for all hunting with shotguns. As hunters head outdoors for spring turkey hunting in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds them of season dates along with new nontoxic-shot

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