Outdoors

MDC predicts fall turkey hunting to be challenging

With fall firearms turkey season and archery season underway, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) advises hunters it could be a challenging season. This year’s annual wild turkey brood survey shows statewide turkey production was below average. The statewide poult-to-hen ratio (PHR) for this year was 0.9, which was 13% higher than last year’s ratio,

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MDC seeks confirmed sightings of badgers, weasel, spotted skunks

The badger, a master dirt mover, is one of Missouri’s largest mammals and a fierce opponent with lengthy front claws if cornered. Yet thanks to low population numbers and their nocturnal, rather reclusive ways, many outdoor enthusiasts have never seen one. Biologists for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) want to know more about them,

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The Birds of September

Once years ago I was hunting with the publisher-owner of Gun Dog Magazine, who was from Iowa. Back then there was no dove season in Iowa; we were hunting a harvested grain field in Missouri and he had a friend along. His friend sat at the edge of the field and killed five doves with

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MDC, Wisconsin DNR partner to restore Missouri’s ruffed grouse

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are working together to help restore Missouri’s ruffed grouse population. MDC’s plan is to trap and relocate 300 grouse from northern Wisconsin to the River Hills region of east-central Missouri over a three-year period (2018-2020). The goal is to trap and relocate

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MDC offers free voluntary CWD testing statewide all season

Deer harvested anywhere in state can be tested for free all season at 75 locations. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer hunters to know that it is offering free chronic-wasting-disease (CWD) sampling and testing of deer harvested anywhere in the state throughout the entire deer hunting season – Sept. 15 through Jan. 15,

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Marauders With Fins

If you know the lakes that harbor white bass and hybrids, I’ll share a secret with you. But keep this under your hat. In late September and most all of October, tributaries to those lakes, which are carrying some extra water from fall rains, are often carrying some extra fish… big hybrids. A hybrid is

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On the Mississippi

Spoonbill season opens Saturday Paddlefish season on the Mississippi opens Saturday, Sept. 15, and runs through Dec. 15.

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Justin Angel wins ABA 2019 season opener

American Bass Anglers Division 126 held their 2019 season opener on Stockton Lake Sept. 8, 2018. Justin Angel won with 11.97 lbs anchored with Big Bass of the tournament, a 4.06 lb. largemouth. Angel won $817.  Second place went to Brandon Rummel with 11.93 lbs. Coming in 3rd was Kevin Jackson with 10.94 lbs. They

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