Outdoors

Gandy wins ABA 2018 season opener

Plenty of sunshine with temperatures rising to almost 90 and very little wind made for a warm day. Anglers reported catching a high number of fish; however, the keepers were hard to find. Those finding keepers fished in several different ways. Gandy said, “I just junk fished.” The other top winners fished shallow and deep

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A Nature Test

As someone who worked for many years as a naturalist in state park systems, the national park service and a contract naturalist in the mountains of Arkansas for that state’s Natural Heritage Commission, I think surely I could be pardoned for having a little fun with a group of people who refer to themselves as

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Black Ended Catfish Ain’t Black

On my way back from a Canadian fishing trip, I stopped in Iowa to call my cousin-in-law, Becky McNew, and ask her where I could find a good camera. The reason I need to update my camera gear is because I am going to become a fully engaged part-time river fishing guide and photographer. Taking

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ABA Division 126 2018 season opener

American Bass Anglers Division 126 will hold its 2018 season opener on Stockton Lake Sept. 23. The launch site will be Old State Park with registration beginning at 5:30 a.m. Tournament hours will be 7 a.m. til 3 p.m. Weigh-in will begin shortly after 3 p.m. Boaters and non-boaters are encouraged to enter; non-boaters will

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A horrible disease …

I had a sad conversation only a few days ago with a lady from Camdenton who told me that several years ago her husband died from Kruetzfeldt-Jakobs disease. Her name was Carol Schroeder. Her husband’s death was due to the same horrible disease that biologists call “Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)” in deer and elk. It

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Deer hunters: MDC needs your help with finding CWD

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) needs the help of deer hunters to keep the deadly deer disease called chronic wasting disease (CWD) from spreading to more deer in more areas of Missouri. MDC will be conducting mandatory CWD sampling of harvested deer in 25 counties opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season, Nov.

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Teachers can connect with conservation through FREE MDC teacher portal

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages teachers to get connected with conservation-education by using its new Discover Nature Schools (DNS) teacher portal. MDC created the website portal to provide teachers a technology tool to connect with both teachers and MDC staff on conservation-education ideas, interactive learning activities, and easy access to classroom materials and

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Fishing Report

Taberville Report Linda McCallister Dains Fish Farm We still have people trotlining and having considerable luck. Evidently it’s still good. We’ve had two different bunches. The first one was using large brown carp and goldfish. They caught two or three 30 lb. flatheads then a 30 to 40 lb. white cat. Then another couple trotlining

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Floods and Famine

The floods are awful, but I can see the first settlers of Texas long, long ago, saying… “this will be a good place to build a town, and we’ll name it after ol’ Sam Houston hisself. We’ll have a good view of the river from here and it’ll never get this high.” My late Uncle

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Fishing Report for Sept. 7

Stockton Area Report by Brad Burns Happy Hooks We are going to have a Flood Benefit Fishing Tournament on Sept. 16 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Orleans Trail south boat ramp. $100 entry. Two man team. Five live fish weigh-in. 50% goes to the hurricane benefit and 50% payback to the top

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