Outdoors

MDC sets CWD sampling efforts for upcoming deer season

The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for its fall and winter efforts to find cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) and help limit the spread of the deadly deer disease to more deer and more areas. MDC confirmed 33 new cases of CWD following the testing of

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MDC accepting applications for next class

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting online applications from June 25 through Aug. 5 for its next class of conservation agent trainees. To apply — and for more information including salary range, duties and responsibilities, degree requirements, qualifications, and special-ability requirements — visit the MDC website directly at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZcS. Applicants can also go

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ABA tournament on Stockton Saturday

Thirty plus of the best bass anglers in the Ozarks are expected to converge on Stockton Lake Saturday morning, June 23, for the American Bass Anglers AFT qualifying tournament. Launch site is Hartley Ramp (Old State Park). Registration can be done at the ramp starting at 4:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be shortly after 2:30 p.m.

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Larry Dablemont OUTDOOR WRITER – PHOTOGRAPHER

You get to thinking you have seen everything in the outdoors when you get to my age, but this past week my daughter Christy and I were on the river when we saw something way out of the realm of reality. There was a doe and a newborn fawn along the shore, beneath a high

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Sedalia angler hooks state-record goldeye

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Kerry Glenn of Sedalia became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a goldeye on Truman Lake using a rod and reel. The new “pole and line” record goldeye caught by Glenn on May 25 weighed 2 pounds, 2 ounces. It broke the previous

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Apply starting July 1 for MDC managed deer hunts

Beginning July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state for archery, muzzleloading, and modern firearms from mid-September through mid-January at conservation areas, state and other parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public areas. Some managed

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Female bass are gullible

I stopped the boat above the shoal and walked around the swift water on gravel which crunched beneath my feet. Wading out into the cool current, I had my eye on the deepening pool just below the shoal, where the water slowed. I cast the top-water minnow across the pool, and began jerking it out

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The Problems Wild Gobblers Face

In my column last week I wrote that in view of what has been happening to wild turkey populations the last few years, we need to ease off the hunting pressure somewhat by re-arranging the youth season – by setting it after the regular season instead of before. We should think about shortening the regular

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Turkey Season 2018 Awful

I don’t know if we have had a worse wild turkey season than this past spring season in Missouri and Arkansas in the past 40 years. And I think eastern Kansas could also be included in that observation as well. The hunting was poor… darn poor. And you can blame part of that on the

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CHAMPION COON HUNTERS

CHAMPION COON HUNTERS – 7th grader Judd Koshko and his dad, Walt, both won a coonhunt near Coal Camp over the weekend. They go somewhere to a hunt almost every weekend. Judd recently won tickets to a $20,000 hunt later this year. Their dog, in a pack of four, gets 100 points for being the

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