Outdoors

Fish Gigging seasons opens Sept. 15-Jan. 31

What is Fish Gigging? Gigging consists of spearing fish rather than catching them with a hook and line. It is primarily a nighttime activity and is most effective in shallow, clear water. Fish harvested by gigging are known generally as “suckers.” They are collected in this manner because traditional angling methods are not effective for

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MDC asks deer hunters to help limit CWD spread

Properly dispose of carcasses and follow laws for deer harvested outside Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds deer hunters that properly disposing of carcasses of harvested deer is important in limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). MDC also reminds hunters who harvest deer, elk, or moose outside of Missouri and bring

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Read Missouri Conservationist

The complete September issue of the Missouri Conservationist is available for viewing and/or download at mdc.mo.gov/conmag. This month’s features: Peck Ranch: A Drive-Through Tour of Living History From conservation victories to ancient arachnids, the area provides elk viewing and more. Getting the Bands Back Together Aluminum bands on waterfowl give hunters, researchers a glimpse into

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September 15 at the Melba

by Larry Dablemont I look forward to going to Texas County in Mid-September to meet with folks from the surrounding area at the old Melba theatre on Main Street in Houston. I am supposed to speak there at 6 p.m. to a group of people who wish to be published writers. I am not sure

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MDC proposes requiring nontoxic shot on 36 dove hunting areas

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing regulations that will require the use of nontoxic shot for hunting doves on 20 conservation areas with heavy, concentrated dove hunting. MDC is also proposing adding 16 areas to its existing 21 conservation areas where nontoxic shot is required for all hunting with shotguns. The proposed regulations

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Conservation column

by Larry Dablemont I get out in the woods on Truman Lake every year about this time, before the orange-clad crowd gets there. It is beautiful and peaceful in those deep woods, the first of the fall foliage drifting down around you. The weather this past week was beginning to cool and the wind was

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Delk wins championship; Carter takes AOY

American Bass Anglers Division 126 held their 2-day Championship on Stockton Lake August 11-12. The weather cooperated, but the fish did not. One angler brought in a five-fish limit both days; that was Justin Delk who won the tournament with a total weight of 22.64lb. Second place went to Jay Carter with 19.59lb which was

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Conservation column

I met with MDC director Sara Pauley for about 3 hours in the spring and I am afraid it was a waste of my time. But some folks asked what we talked about. I told her that I would publish a full page color story in my magazine, the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal, which would

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The Meeting in April

I do not want to see the MDC abolished; I want the greed removed, and I want to see it become an agency of conservation and preservation which it started out to be, concerned about protecting our wild game and fish. I also want innocent people who suffer from a few thugs in the ranks

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Birch Tree angler catches state-record silver redhorse

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Rick Sartin of Birch Tree became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a silver redhorse on the Current River using a rod and reel. The new “pole and line” record silver redhorse caught by Sartin on June 14 weighed 10-pounds, 6-ounces. The new

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