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White giants of the rivers

Posted July 2, 2015 at 10:23 am

When I was a little boy, my dad and I dug up a sycamore sapling on the banks of the Big Piney River and planted it in a wet place below the house. It was about an inch in diameter then. In 40 years it had became a towering white tree with a diameter of nearly two feet.

I guess my favorite tree in the Ozarks must be the sycamore because it has been such a big part of my life, with so much time spent on the river. We were a river family. We trapped and fished and guided outdoor enthusiasts from the city in wooden johnboats my dad and grandfather made using handmade sassafras paddles.

There is a

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    Fishing report for July 2

    Taberville Report

    by Bobby Dains

    Dains Fish Farm

    The boat ramp still has water on it. Fishing’s good. It’s just hard on the fishermen. I think you can still catch the heck out of fish. They are just too burned out to go. A lot of them are, I know. They are getting tired of cleaning them.

    As far as I know, they are still catching fish. The boat ramp is a pain.

    The river

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    Conservation Corner

    by Lana Wilson

    Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Kansas City Region’s first ever Girls Camp that was held at Camp Palestine near Chilhowee. My granddaughter, Adi, and her friend, both 14 years old, went with me.

    We arrived on a Monday afternoon, got our schedules and room assignments and settled in for the night in anticipation of the next 2 1⁄2 days. Thirty-two girls had pre-registered and all but one began arriving at 8 the next morning.

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    The last bass

    It was early October of 2010, and the first falling leaves were floating along the river beside us. Uncle Norten and I had enjoyed a great day of fishing. The bass had been hitting, and I marveled at how well he could cast and fish at his age of 87.

    He had begun to have trouble remembering how to get to the river, but he had no trouble remembering how to fish a spinner-bait, or bounce a jig

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    Deer hunting, then and now

    I remember what deer hunting was like back when I was a boy. I am utterly amazed at how it has changed. Some very good hunters regularly visited Dad’s pool hall where I worked as a kid. Most of them were rural people who knew all about deer and how they moved. At that time in the mid-60′s I would estimate the Ozarks of southern Missouri had about 10 to 20 percent as many deer as we have today. In those times, if I remember right, the season was only a few days and

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    Fish biting at night

    Lake Stockton Report

    by Michael Weis

    Stockton State Park Marina

    A couple of guys brought in a lot of crappie the last couple of nights. They said they were using lights.

    The crappie were keepers, but not much bigger than keepers.

    We have a few crappie beds throughout this area.

    People have been bringing in a steady amount of catfish. They are using perch on trotlines and jugs. The cats run up to 10 lbs. a couple of blues but mainly flatheads.

    Bluegill

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    Walleye bite in August in Canada

    It was hot last year, too, the first week of August.

    We wondered what the weather was like in Canada. Sondra Gray, who is the editor of the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal which I publish, loves to fish, and her husband, David, had a vacation coming up. Gas was high, about 2.59 a gallon, if I remember right, but a display company in Minneapolis had asked me to build an old time wooden johnboat about 10 feet long and they would pay my expenses for delivery. So

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    Regular spring turkey harvest totals 40,447

    Hunters checked 40,447 turkeys during Missouri’s regular spring turkey season, up by 2,120 from 38,327 last spring, or about one percent. The harvest of 4,319 turkeys during this year’s spring youth weekend, March 31 and April 1, brought the 2012 spring turkey harvest to 44,766, up about one percent from 2011. Youth hunters harvested 3,893 turkeys during the 2011 spring youth weekend for a 2011 spring total of 42,220.

    Top harvest counties during the regular 2012 spring turkey season, April 16 through May 6, were Franklin with 852, Texas with 803 and

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Outdoors Archived

    Conservation Corner

    Toads and frogs defend themselves in several ways.

    Most of their predators are fish, turtles, snakes, birds and carnivorous mammals-shrews, mink, skunks

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