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First float trip

Posted July 17, 2014 at 11:52 am


I took my grandsons on a float trip in search of hard fighting smallmouth bass, fishing a section of the Niangua River gained by private access where the canoe rental people do not operate, where we could have a little solitude and some good fishing.

It was their first long distance float trip, and we had to wait for it to quit raining before we could start. Ryan is 11 years old and Alex is eight. Casting lures is not their strong point, so I knew we would have a difficult time catching the wary and elusive brown bass and perhaps an even greater difficulty in landing them after we hooked them.

My grandsons can do things on a computer that I don’t even want to learn. With modern technology, they are

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    Cool temps cool fish bite

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    They are still trotlining. There were six or seven boats down at the ramp when I went home Monday evening and this morning when I came back.

    So there are people still fishing but they are having to work for them. They are using cut shad and brown carp.

    We had our first report of two guys catching two cats Friday in the slot limit and having to

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    Wildflower Hike at Prairie State Park July 19

    The prairie is ablaze with color at Prairie State Park. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, guests can join a park naturalist on Saturday, July 19, at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center for a walk among green grasses and colorful flowers to learn more about the amazing prairie ecosystem.

    It is suggested that visitors dress for the weather and hiking across the prairie. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended as well as insect repellant. The hike will last about two hours covering 1.5-2 miles.

    Prairie State Park

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    Gov. Nixon vetoes two bills defining captive deer as livestock

    Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed two bills on July 8 hat would have redefined the term “livestock” to include captive deer in order to eliminate the role of the Missouri Department of Conservation in regulating white-tailed deer. The Governor said those provisions of Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326 would go against longstanding successful conservation practices and also would clearly violate the Missouri Constitution, which gives exclusive authority over game and wildlife resources to the Missouri Conservation Commission.

    “For more than 75 years, our Department of Conservation has been held up as

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    Jug fishing pays off

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    A guy came in yesterday with a 40 lb. flathead he caught jug fishing in the south lake at Schell with perch.

    He said he caught several more in the 15 lb. range and that was his biggest.

    A couple came in who said they fished in the strip pits by Montrose and caught crappie on live bait.

    The river is coming up. Catfishing

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    Deer management???


    For the Missouri Department of Conservation, it is easy to get a great deal of positive publicity and radio stations carry their ads talking about their “deer management” meetings around the state. I don’t know what that costs all of us who fund them through license fees and the sales tax they get from us.

    The biologists and crews who brought back our deer worked for the Missouri Conservation Commission 60 or 70 years ago and they did a great job. Most of them are gone and forgotten,

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    Where the fish are


    I spent a day down at Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes last week, and I am astounded by how clear the water is. Bull Shoals had a turquoise look to it that I have never seen before, but I believe you could see a quarter on the bottom in 25 feet of water.

    Both lakes have changed so much since my grandfather fished them for catfish, and my Uncle Norten guided bass fishermen there in the early 1950′s. Today, both are walleye lakes and Norfork is likely the

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    Crappie, walleye biting on Stockton

    Lake Stockton Report

    By Matt Coile

    Stockton State Park Marina

    Fishermen are doing all right. They are catching quite a few crappie right now on the brushpiles in about 20 ft. of water on minnows and jigs. They are catching 10-13 inch fish all day.

    The walleye are still doing just fine. I talked to some people on Sunday who were catching them 20-25 ft. deep on points on crankbaits and bottom bouncers and Road Runners tipped with nightcrawlers.

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    2014 dove, teal hunting seasons set


    Hunters of early-migrating gamebirds can mark their calendars now. The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved the following early migratory bird hunting seasons and limits:

    *Mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves, and white-winged doves: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days), with limits of 15 daily and 45 in possession (combined total for all three species).

    *Blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, and cinnamon teal: The blue-winged teal (BWT) is the primary species harvested during this early hunting season. For this reason, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bases teal hunting regulations

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    An afternoon owl


    I have always been able to imitate a wide assortment of wild creatures, something I learned from my grandfather, who could just about duplicate the call of any bird or animal. I have called up a good number of wild turkeys by mouth. I never have really needed a turkey call. It is easy to call up bobwhite roosters from my porch in the summer time, pretty easy to get squirrels to bark at me by imitating the distress call of a young squirrel. Sometimes I can call in a buck deer in the

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