Outdoors

MDC reminds Missourians to keep wildlife wild

As Missourians begin to head outdoors during the long-awaited spring season, they may encounter a variety of newborn animals. Though the young wildlife can pull on the heartstrings, and oftentimes appears to be abandoned, that’s usually not the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds residents to avoid interfering with newborn or young animals

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MDC offers TRIM grants to assist with community tree care

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering its annual cost-share grants to assist government entities and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land. The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) cost-share grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting,

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Paddlefish snagging report for April 3

For Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River (below Bagnell Dam). Water temperatures are about the same as last week.  Snaggers have been having success on Truman Lake and lower Lake of the Ozarks. With the increase in flow on Truman the fish are moving up the Osage and some have gone

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Augusta angler snags state-record gizzard shad

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Brian Rehmeier of Augusta became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he snagged a gizzard shad on Bigelow Creek in St. Charles County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Rehmeier on March 20 weighed 2 pounds, 10 ounces with a length of 17.9 inches.

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Bass tournament Saturday

American Bass Anglers, Division 126 will hold a qualifying tournament Saturday, April 13 on Stockton Lake launching out of Old State Park. Director Mike Dill will be at the ramp to take registration at 5 a.m. Mandatory briefing will begin at 6 a.m. followed by partner draw and boat position. Fishing hours will be 6:30-3.

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Young turkey hunters harvest 2,540 birds during youth weekend

According to preliminary data from Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 2,540 turkeys during the 2019 spring youth season, April 6 and 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 61 turkeys harvested, Laclede with 56 and Texas with 52. Warm weather and sunny skies helped increase this year’s youth-weekend harvest over last

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Big Fish, Big Risk

In my new book “Recollections of an Old-Fashioned Angler” I begin by writing about going trotlining on the river with my dad. I was only 6 or 7 years old and I sat there in the old wooden johnboat watching him run that line, which was lunging in his hands. Then I caught a glimpse

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Paddlefish, snagging report for March 20

by Trish Yasger. MDC For Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River (below Bagnell Dam). The snagging season got off to a good start despite colder than normal water temperatures and high flows. Snaggers did really good opening day on Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake and the Osage River. Snagging slowed

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New Stockton spotted bass regulation increases opportunity

Increasing angling opportunity and potentially improving conditions for other sportfish are the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) goals for Stockton Lake’s newest spotted bass regulation. This year, the minimum length limit for spotted bass on Stockton is 12 inches. This regulation went into effect March 1 and replaces the previous minimum length limit of 15

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