Outdoors

Young turkey hunters harvest 4,060 birds during youth weekend

According to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 4,060 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, April 8 and 9. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 118 birds harvested, Callaway with 91 and Gasconade with 87. Young hunters checked 4,167 turkeys during last year’s youth weekend. For county-specific

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MDC encourages turkey hunters to remember safety while hunting

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages hunters to remember safety while in the woods turkey hunting. Regular spring turkey hunting season begins April 17 and runs through May 7. Shooting hours are from a half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. MDC Protection Field Chief Randy Doman stresses that the most common cause of

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Mushroom Seeds and Chippy the Chipmunk

It is mushroom time in the Ozarks. Just last night my daughter found six up here on Lightnin’ Ridge. The best of the mushroom hunting will be between April 14 and April 20 in the northern Ozarks and a week earlier in the south Ozarks. On the first of April they were finding a good

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O’Fallon angler catches state-record redear sunfish

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports James Lucas of O’Fallon became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he caught a redear sunfish on a private pond in Lincoln County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Lucas on March 24 weighed 1 pound, 1 ounce. Lucas’ recent catch broke the previous

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Where the water is clear and blue

I went back to an old playground last week for a couple of days, staying at the little resort and café at Diamond City, AR, on Bull Shoals Lake. When I moved to Arkansas just out of college more than 40 years ago, it was there, just north of Lead Hill. When my two oldest

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Americans say agriculture is sustainable, favor incentives over regs

by Mace Thornton Sustainability: From the notion of a modern farm or ranch being economically able to sustain a family, to the idea of working with the land in a manner that supports food and fiber production for future generations, the word means different things to different people. Even in agricultural circles, definitions of sustainability

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PENALTIES INCREASED FOR MISUSE OF HERBICIDES

PENALTIES INCREASED FOR MISUSE OF HERBICIDES – Joined by farmers and ranchers in Southeast Missouri, Governor Greitens held a signing of House Bill 662. The bill protects farmers and ranchers by increasing penalties for the off-label use of herbicides. Governor Greitens said, “This is an important issue, both for the southeast region and for everyone

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Snagging report

by Trish Yaasger We got some rain this past week and have seen flows increase on Truman Lake. Despite the low flows on Lake of the Ozark snaggers are harvesting fish, especially lower in the lake below MM72. With the rains we’ve had we have more water coming down the Marais des Cygnes into Truman. 

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MDC MO Hunting users need to update app prior to turkey season

Turkey hunters who use the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) MO Hunting free mobile app will need to perform an app update to telecheck harvests for spring turkey season. The new versions will provide updated turkey telecheck information. Both Apple and Android users will need to install the app update to telecheck turkey harvests. Apple

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Conservation Permit Card

The Missouri Conservation Permit Card makes buying hunting and fishing permits a breeze — and it gives you a discount on books, videos, nursery stock, and several other selected Department products. Stores your conservation info, permits and gives you discounts at nature shops. The Conservation Permit Card, which looks like a credit card, provides a

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