MO's Parks, Soils, Water sales tax to be on November ballot

Posted May 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that Missouri’s Parks, Soils and Water sales tax, which is up for renewal this year, will appear on the November ballot.

“Missouri’s farm families have long been innovators and leaders in protecting our soil, air and water. That’s why we were the first state in the nation to pass a Parks, Soils and Water sales tax more than 30 years ago,” Gov. Nixon said. “Missourians have given this program their support for several decades, and I am confident that support will continue for many years to come.”

“Soil and water stewardship is important to Missouri farmers, and we are fortunate to have a state program that helps farmers implement costly but needed conservation practices on their land. Missouri is the envy of other states with the improvements made possible by the one-tenth cent

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    Regular spring turkey season ends with 44,187 birds harvested

    HEAVYWEIGHT GOBBLER – David Melton of Springfield harvested this tom on private land in St. Clair County on April 23. The bird weighed 27.5 pounds and had an 11-inch beard and 1-3/8-inch spurs.

    Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 44,187 birds during Missouri’s 2016 regular spring turkey season April 18 through May 8. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 961 birds checked, St. Clair with 878 and Texas with 861. Young turkey hunters

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    Fishing report for May 12, 2016

    Taberville Report

    By Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    I haven’t heard too much about crappie fishing. I heard some guys talking yesterday. They said they had some luck out of a boat over at Schell yesterday. I know we still sell come minnows along so people are still trying.

    Fishing has been good for white cats on trotlines and rod and reel on perch and cut shad.

    Last week, the water was up over one of

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    Record Holders and A Fish Fry

    I think it was back in the 1950’s or 60’s that some good ol’ boys down in Kentucky got to yearning for fishing fame, and therefore figured out a way to have their names in the record books. From some lying and paying off the right people they were soon the proud possessors of two world records. One was a fictitious walleye weighing 25 pounds, the other a fictitious smallmouth bass at 14 pounds.

    Trouble is, one of them had a conscience and when he got old

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    O’Fallon angler sets another state fishing record

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that James Lucas of O’Fallon became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he caught a hybrid striped bass on the Mississippi River.

    The new “alternative method” record hybrid striped bass caught by Lucas on April 22 weighed 8-pounds, 6-ounces with a length of 24 3/4 inches and a girth of 18 1/2 inches. Lucas caught the fish with a throwline in one of his honey holes. MDC staff verified the record-weight fish

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    MDC confirms black bear poached in Jefferson County

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirms that a black bear has been poached in Jefferson County.

    MDC conservation agents, acting on multiple reports received Monday, May 2, by the public, conducted an investigation that confirmed the bear had been shot and killed. A suspect has been identified in the investigation. Agents gathered sufficient evidence to file charges of taking or possessing a protected species of wildlife or parts thereof. There was no indication the bear acted aggressively. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no further details are available at

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    Squirrel, black-bass seasons open Memorial Day weekend

    Memorial Day weekend brings an extra-special celebration for squirrel hunters and bass anglers in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds them that the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 28, marks the opening of both squirrel season statewide and catch-and-keep bass season in most streams south of the Missouri River.


    Hunters can pursue fox and gray squirrels from May 28 through Feb. 15, 2017, with rifles, shotguns and other legal firearms methods, along with archery equipment, slingshots, or atlatls. The daily limit for hunting and

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    Enjoying Life with the Ants

    I was sitting on the back porch of my little cabin on Panther Creek, listening for wild turkeys. It was then I noticed the ants, thousands of them! They were climbing a four by four wooden roof support going up to some little crevice at the top, and it was like a super highway, hundreds of ants going up on the right side, and hundreds coming down on the left. And I know that many of you who think that any outdoor writer who has resorted to writing about ants has probably run out

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    O’Fallon angler takes state-record skipjack herring

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that James Lucas of O’Fallon became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he snagged a skipjack herring on the Mississippi River.

    The new “alternative method” record skipjack herring caught by Lucas on April 8 weighed 1 pound, 10-ounces with a length of 16 1/2 inches. This beat the previous state record, which was held by Lucas, by 2 ounces. MDC staff verified the record-weight fish using a certified scale in O’Fallon.

    “I really can’t believe I broke my old

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    Nesting peregrine falcons are live and on camera once again this spring in the Kansas City area, thanks to streaming video on the Internet. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) works with conservation partners to restore the high-flying falcons as resident birds in the state. Two nests in the metro area have cameras set up for streaming video.

    Onlookers can currently see falcons sitting on eggs in nests at the Iatan Power Plant north of Weston and at the American Century Investments building

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