Outdoors

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

From the Centers for Disease Control Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion disease that affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer and moose. It has been found in some areas of North America, including Canada and the United States, Norway and South Korea. It may take over a year before an infected animal develops symptoms,

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Discover Nature: Hellbender breeding peaks

by Trevor Harris • Oct 10, 2017 Discover Nature (Missouri Department of Conservation) As autumn begins in Missouri, one of the state’s most fragile and unique species is active beneath the surface of some streams. Hellbenders are large aquatic salamanders, reaching lengths of more than a foot. Ozark and Eastern Hellbenders have a wide, flat

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American Bass Anglers to host tourney

American Bass Anglers will hold a qualifying tournament Saturday, Nov. 4,  on Stockton Lake. Launch site is Old State Park with registration beginning at 5:30 a.m. the morning of the tournament. This tournament will use a draw format with partner draw accomplished just before launch. Anglers are fishing for cash, prizes and points which can

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Winter trout fishing kicks off in November

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is stocking more than 75,000 rainbow trout plus 193 lunkers in 32 urban-area lakes around the state for winter trout fishing beginning in early November. Many of these areas allow anglers to harvest trout as soon as they are stocked, while other areas are catch-and-release until Feb. 1. Find

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This Week Outdoors…

I am going to hunt and fish hard this week, going after those big hybrids gathering in the rivers that feed Truman Lake. They whipped me pretty bad a couple of weeks ago when they broke off five big lures in swift water because I didn’t have the line strength I needed. Now I have

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Odds and Ends and Big Fish

I will speak to a group of retired teachers on Monday, Oct. 9, at the First Baptist Church in Houston at noon. I was told the public was welcome so I am passing it on to my readers who would like to attend. I will have the new fall magazine and my books which I

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5 reasons why your deer tastes “gamey” and how to fix it

Unfortunately, not all venison is created equal. Here’s why—and how to take care of the “gamey” flavor. All right, before I get emails, tweets, and comments: yes, it is wild game and it is supposed to taste “gamey.” I grew up eating venison, and I have had some that is noticeably more “gamey,” sometimes so

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The Little Niagara’s Trout

Many, many years ago I bought a 12-year collection of old Forest & Stream outdoor magazines, from 1910 through 1922. Occasionally I read through some of them, always finding something new. In the June 27 issue of 1914 (magazines were published weekly until 1915), I came across a fishing article written by an Edward Cochran

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Fishing Report for Oct. 5

Taberville Report By Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm Fishing is going to get good here one of these days. Q. I thought it already was? It was then it kind of drizzled down. This rain will pick it back up again, I think. It has all summer. It’s kind of at a standstill right at

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