Outdoors

MDC offers free voluntary CWD testing statewide all season

Deer harvested anywhere in state can be tested for free all season at 75 locations. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer hunters to know that it is offering free chronic-wasting-disease (CWD) sampling and testing of deer harvested anywhere in the state throughout the entire deer hunting season – Sept. 15 through Jan. 15,

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Marauders With Fins

If you know the lakes that harbor white bass and hybrids, I’ll share a secret with you. But keep this under your hat. In late September and most all of October, tributaries to those lakes, which are carrying some extra water from fall rains, are often carrying some extra fish… big hybrids. A hybrid is

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On the Mississippi

Spoonbill season opens Saturday Paddlefish season on the Mississippi opens Saturday, Sept. 15, and runs through Dec. 15.

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Justin Angel wins ABA 2019 season opener

American Bass Anglers Division 126 held their 2019 season opener on Stockton Lake Sept. 8, 2018. Justin Angel won with 11.97 lbs anchored with Big Bass of the tournament, a 4.06 lb. largemouth. Angel won $817.  Second place went to Brandon Rummel with 11.93 lbs. Coming in 3rd was Kevin Jackson with 10.94 lbs. They

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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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