Outdoors

SURPRISE TROUT

SURPRISE TROUT – Ken Adam, Arnold, MO, caught this 18-10 brown trout on the final day of a three day, cold windy fishing trip on Taneycomo  birthday fishing trip for his brother. He caught the hawg on a white and purple McStick he flipped close o a floating log. His catch is still 10 lbs.

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See two-headed snake at MDC Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery

John Miller has an interesting question about the newest resident of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery Conservation Center: Is a two-headed snake referred to as “it” or “they?” It’s one of many questions visitors will have about the young western ratsnake that has been put on display in the

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MDC reports final deer harvest 283,940, archery turkey harvest 2,426

Missouri’s 2017-2018 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 283,940 deer. Top counties for the overall season were Howell with 6,182 deer harvested, Franklin with 5,957, and Texas with 5,619. Of the 283,940 deer harvested, 135,891 were antlered bucks, 30,538 were button bucks, and

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Old Dogs are Always Best

I have a young Brittany Spaniel who is anxious to get out and hunt birds this winter. Hope I can keep up with him. Looking through some old photos I found some from a long ago hunting trip in southern Iowa with my reliable old English Setter, Freckles, and a young setter named, Hickok. Back

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Coming in 2018

Many of you who have read my columns for awhile know that I own a fifty acre tract out in the wilds in the Southeast corner of St. Clair County near Humansville, Missouri, which we call the Panther Creek Youth retreat. I have set it up as a place where smaller churches can bring groups

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MDC issues forest health alert for Emerald Ash Borer

Forest health professionals with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) advise Missourians to watch for damage from an invasive tree pest in winter months. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia that attacks and kills ash trees. EAB attacks all species of ash trees, and kills nearly every

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Hunters harvest 10,025 deer during alternative-methods portion

Top harvest counties: Howell with 249 deer harvested, Franklin with 215, and Oregon with 214. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,025 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 23 – Jan. 2. Of the total harvest, 2,827

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Conservationist Magazine now available

See Conservationist magazine. The complete January issue of the Missouri Conservationist is available for viewing and/or download at mdc.mo.gov/conmag This month’s feature: Annual Review Serving Nature and You: Fiscal Year July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017. This month’s In Brief: • What Is It? • Buy Your 2018 Hunting and Fishing Permits • Give a Holiday

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The Passing of an Old Year…

I wrote this as a newspaper column about 10 years ago, and several readers commented that they liked it then. So I will send it out again in hopes that new readers like it as well, with the knowledge that old readers like me don’t remember it… There won’t be any New Year’s Eve party

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MDC sets 2018 deer and turkey hunting dates

At its meeting on Dec. 15, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for 2018-2019 turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates. 2018 spring and fall turkey hunting dates • Spring Youth Portion: April 7 and 8 • Regular Spring Turkey Season: April 16 through May 6 • Fall Firearms Turkey

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