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Green and Blue… and Gold

Posted August 20, 2015 at 9:50 am


I moved near Bull Shoals Lake in 1972 and it has been my favorite reservoir since then. I don’t know how many acres around it was saved by putting them in public ownership, but it is a considerable amount, maybe 60 or 70 thousand acres set aside and preserved as is.

It is all what they call “Corps Land.” Because of that the shore of most of Bull Shoals has been protected from the elite, from the developers and the people who live their lives for money. Those developers, many of them who fought the preservation of the Buffalo, are now seeing silver and gold along the shores of Bull Shoals.

Thank goodness, we always had Table Rock and Lake of the Ozarks and Beaver and most every other Ozark reservoir for

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    Fishing report for Aug. 20

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    Fishing had been really good up until Saturday. The river had some movement and they were catching several blue catfish on noodles (kids’ fun-noodles, the foam floats) and trotlines using brown carp and goldfish.

    They turn them loose like a jugline and they put a weight on them.

    A gentleman told me about his experience on noodles. He caught two in the slot that he had to turn

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    MDC stocks hybrid striped bass in new waters


    Anglers at some northwest Missouri lakes might find a hard-fighting surprise on the other end of their line. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has stocked hybrid striped bass in several lakes. The stockings are part of an experiment in controlling an over-population of gizzard shad in small lakes, and anglers will also have a new opportunity to catch a specialty fish.

    “What’s not to like about a fish that will knock a rod out of your hand,” said Tory Mason, MDC fisheries biologist.

    The first stocking

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    Conservation Corner

    Shorebirds are a diverse group of waterbirds that include plovers, stilts, avocets and sandpipers. Thirty-nine shorebird species have been documented in Missouri (six plovers, one stilt, one avocet, 31 sandpipers) but only 17 are considered common.

    Although they are relatively small birds, shorebirds are some of the longest distance migrants in the world. Many species nest in the arctic and spend the non-breeding season in Central and South America. A few species nest locally (killdeer, spotted sandpiper), however most shorebird species seen in Missouri occur during migration.

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    MDC offers free assistance with native plant landscaping

    Late summer is a good time to see pollinator insects such as butterflies visiting flowers and plants. But habitat loss is causing an alarming decline in some species, including the beloved monarch butterfly. Planting native wildflowers in home garden plantings or as wildlife cover on rural acreages is a great way to help the pollinators.

    Now is a good time to start planning for establishing pollinator-friendly wildflowers in acreages or in home landscaping, said Lisa Potter, private lands programs supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). For rural acreages, a fall herbicide application is often needed

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    Favorite waters


    I am not going to write today about my favorite lake in all the world, Bull Shoals, where I lived and worked for 25 years. That is going to be Part Two of this column, and I hope you won’t miss it.

    Truman Lake is my second favorite lake in the Midwest, almost two bodies of water behind one dam. I have studied it, hunted it and fished it for more than 40 years. It is the most recently built lake in the Midwest, certainly the last big

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    Fish biting in Osage, Sac, Stockton

    Taberville Report

    by Bobby Dains

    Dains Fish Farm

    Trotlining is good. I haven’t heard too much about rod and reeling here lately.

    The river is about back to normal. They are still doing good fishing. Gar are getting a little bit more interested.

    They are catching blues and a few flatheads, as usual.

    They are baiting with perch, goldfish and carp.

    ElDo Report

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    MDC offers youth dove hunting workshop in Barton County

    Besides being an enjoyable outdoor pastime, dove hunting can be an educational tool, too. The wing-shooting techniques and firearms safety practices needed to be a successful dove hunter can serve as an introduction to other hunting or sportshooting activities.

    Young hunters can learn about dove hunting at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Youth Dove Hunting Workshop, a two-day event to be held at MDC’s Shawnee Trail Conservation Area in Barton County. From 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 29, young hunters will

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    Conservation Corner

    Did you know that Missouri has designated natural areas? A natural area is a special site officially recognized for its outstanding biological and geological features. Each offers a perfect place to reconnect with nature and experience life’s simple pleasures such as the dawn chorus of songbirds on a forest slope in May or the sweep of a northern harrier over a field of bronze-hued prairie grasses in October.

    Natural areas represent some of the best, and last, examples of the state’s original natural landscape, each offering a shining example of Missouri’s outstanding

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    MDC welcomes participants in dove banding project

    HELP BAND DOVES – Dove banding scheduled at MDC’s James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area is part of long-term scientific studies about population dynamics and migration patterns for one of America’s most popular gamebirds. Missouri Department of Conservation photo

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the public a chance to participate in research on mourning dove populations. Each summer, MDC employees trap doves and affix small identification bands. The doves are then released back into the wild. Band information

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