Outdoors

MDC issues forest health alert for Emerald Ash Borer

Forest health professionals with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) advise Missourians to watch for damage from an invasive tree pest in winter months. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia that attacks and kills ash trees. EAB attacks all species of ash trees, and kills nearly every

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Hunters harvest 10,025 deer during alternative-methods portion

Top harvest counties: Howell with 249 deer harvested, Franklin with 215, and Oregon with 214. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,025 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 23 – Jan. 2. Of the total harvest, 2,827

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Conservationist Magazine now available

See Conservationist magazine. The complete January issue of the Missouri Conservationist is available for viewing and/or download at mdc.mo.gov/conmag This month’s feature: Annual Review Serving Nature and You: Fiscal Year July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017. This month’s In Brief: • What Is It? • Buy Your 2018 Hunting and Fishing Permits • Give a Holiday

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The Passing of an Old Year…

I wrote this as a newspaper column about 10 years ago, and several readers commented that they liked it then. So I will send it out again in hopes that new readers like it as well, with the knowledge that old readers like me don’t remember it… There won’t be any New Year’s Eve party

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MDC sets 2018 deer and turkey hunting dates

At its meeting on Dec. 15, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for 2018-2019 turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates. 2018 spring and fall turkey hunting dates • Spring Youth Portion: April 7 and 8 • Regular Spring Turkey Season: April 16 through May 6 • Fall Firearms Turkey

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Christmas in the pool hall

Life was great when Christmas came, back in Houston, Missouri, when I was a boy in the late 50’s and early 60’s. That was when I first heard those old Christmas carols they still play today, like “White Christmas” and “Silver Bells” and “Winter Wonderland”. I got a new bicycle for Christmas in 1960. I

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Carter takes win on Lake Stockton

It was a cold day on Stockton Lake Saturday, Dec 9, but 24 ABA anglers braved the cold and wind. Eleven limits were weighed in. There was a difference of 2.09 lbs between 1st and 4th. The top four money winners included Jay Carter,1st with 13.64 lbs; Glenn Harrison, 2nd with 12.57 lbs; Bill Stines,

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MDC updates plans for Schell-Osage wetland renovation

Schell City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is continuing to plan for the renovation of the wetland management pools and water control structures at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area. This project will improve the wetlands for waterfowl habitat, improve the fishery at Schell Lake, and reduce long-term flood damages. The initial start date

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Secret Winter Fishing

I know something about winter fishing that needs to be kept a secret, so please keep this close to your vest. I met this fellow by the name of Don Lewallen, who has owned a nice little resort on Norfork Lake for several years. Don and his wife lived most of their life in Joplin,

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Where Big Cats Have No Mates

A few months ago, a mountain lion was killed on a Missouri highway, one of several killed in the state in the past few years. Shortly afterward a media specialist for the state conservation department said that those cougars were very shy and of no real threat to people, perhaps because there are so few

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