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Jefferson City angler catches state-record river redhorse

Posted April 28, 2016 at 9:24 am

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Dan Schmitz of Jefferson City became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a river redhorse on Tavern Creek using a rod and reel.

The new “pole and line” record river redhorse caught by Schmitz on April 15 weighed 9-pounds, 13-ounces. It broke the previous state-record pole-and-line river redhorse of 9-pound, 10-ounces caught on the Osage River in 2006. Schmitz was using worms when he caught the fish. MDC staff verified the record-weight fish using a certified scale in Jefferson City.

“I fought the fish for about 10 minutes before I got it to the bank,” said Schmitz. “I knew the fish was pretty big, but I didn’t know it was a state record until talking to

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    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received final results from its 2015 2016 fall and winter testing of nearly 7,700 free ranging deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Seven were confirmed to be positive for the fatal deer disease. Three were from Adair County, two from Macon County, one from Linn County, and one from Franklin County (reported earlier in the year).

    The new cases bring the total number of Missouri free ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 33 since the disease was first discovered in the state in

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    Old Gobbler Hunters

    The old Outdoor Life magazines I bought when I was a young boy sit on my office shelf a reminder of the days when actually living the “outdoor life” was so different than it is today. I picked up a modern-day issue of that magazine recently and I am amazed how different it is now. It was very thin and so absolutely full of advertising, I had to look hard to find a story. Just like television is today, there is so much advertising I just lose interest.

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    Hunters harvested 23,415 turkeys during opening week. Top harvest counties: Franklin (542), St. Clair (472), Texas (439).

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    The box turtle’s perilous path through memory

    Francis Skalicky, Missouri Department of Conservation

    A box turtle never forgets.

    Missourians will see many signs of a box turtle’s reliance on memory in the weeks ahead when people will observe turtle crossing roads throughout the region. These turtle treks don’t mesh well with our reliance on automobiles, as evidenced by the large number of turtles killed by vehicles each year. Before we get to the connection between turtle travels and turtle memory, here’s more about these interesting reptiles.

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    Fishing Report for April 28

    Taberville Report

    by Bobby Dains

    Dains Fish Farm

    Spoonbilling is pretty good actually.

    The Osage has some current in it, I’ve heard, and they’ve caught quite a few fish.

    I see a big one every weekend – 70 or 80. If they catch four fish, there’s usually one of them that will get in there at 60 or 70 lbs. Most of them are smaller. There are quite a few that are decent. Thirty or 40

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    Watch for farm equipment on roads

    Drivers should pay special attention as they travel rural roads and highways during spring planting time, says University of Missouri Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch.

    It’s the time of the year when the rural roads are filled with tractors pulling farm equipment. Slow-moving farm equipment presents special dangers for motorists, Funkenbusch says.

    The most common accident occurs when a slow-moving farm vehicle turns left. Large farm equipment needs to make wide turns to line up with a gate or driveway.

    Slow down

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    MDC finds prairie chicken numbers up at Dunn Ranch

    The first long, haunting “oooomph, oooomph” filled foggy darkness just before dawn, as a male prairie chicken announced his presence on a Harrison County hilltop. Moments later, another male arrived and puffed out the orange air sacs on his neck to make a mating call that resembles an exotic acoustic musical note. Then more joined in, creating a haunting chorus as sunrise made their foot-stomping dances and territorial jousts visible.

    “They’re everywhere,” an onlooker whispered, watching from a blind on April 19 at

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    Fishing report for April 21

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    I thought I had real good news about crappie but a guy was just in and said they are few and far between now. As of yesterday, a family was in and their little boy, age 8, had stood in one spot and one place fishing with minnows about a foot and a half from the bank, caught 17 in a row.

    I know as of Friday they were lined up shoulder-to-shoulder

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