Outdoors

MDC, A.T Still University ask Missourians to send ticks for research

MDC and A.T. Still University are asking Missourians to save ticks they find and send them to the University for scientific research to learn more about ticks and pathogens they may carry. Most people who have ventured through Missouri woods, fields, yards and other outdoor environments have encountered ticks. These small, creepy crawlers climb on

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MDC encourages public to leave wildlife wild this spring

Interfering with wild animals oftentimes does more harm than good. As you head outdoors this season to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather, you may encounter a variety of newborn animals. Young wildlife can pull on our heartstrings as they appear to be abandoned, but that’s usually not the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation

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MDC urges public to “bee-friend” native pollinators

Support Missouri bees this spring by planting native flowers and mowing less. Spring and summer months bring both the buzz of lawnmowers and bees. These fuzzy flyers are important pollinators, playing a crucial role in the production of many favorite fruits and vegetables. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to “bee-friend” these

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MDC reports young hunters bagged 2,771 turkeys over youth weekend

Top harvest counties were Miller with 73 birds checked, Texas with 71, and Callaway with 68. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young turkey hunters in Missouri harvested 2,771 birds over the past youth weekend, April 10 and 11. Top harvest counties were Miller with 73 birds checked, Texas with

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MDC says hunters could see more young turkeys this spring

The spring turkey hunting youth portion will be April 10 and 11 with the regular spring season running April 19 through May 9. Missouri turkey hunters can expect this spring season to be about as challenging as the past few spring seasons according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season

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MDC encourages public to support hummingbirds during spring migration

Ruby-throated hummingbirds travel hundreds of miles back to the U.S. after spending the winter in the south. Clean out those feeders and fill them with nectar – hummingbirds will soon arrive in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to learn more about these tiny fliers during their spring migration. “It’s time

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Paddlefish and snagging report for March 31

Report for Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, and the Osage River (below Bagnell Dam) General Conditions Water temperatures are gradually warming up. Truman is high and beginning to slowly come down and Lake of the Ozarks is up from last week. Flows are high with the continued high releases from both Truman and Bagnell

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MDC, partners offer “buy-back” program to replace invasive pear trees April 20

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP), the Missouri Community Forestry Council, and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, will host a Callery pear “buy-back” program in Columbia on April 20, from 3–7 p.m. Participants must register at eventbrite.com/e/callery-pear-buy-back-in-columbia-tickets-145356020771, upload at least one photo of each Callery pear

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Get new MDC hunting, fishing booklets

MDC’s new booklets on spring turkey hunting, hunting and trapping, fishing, and the Wildlife Code are available for free online, at MDC regional offices and nature centers, and other places where permits are sold. Missouri hunters, trappers, anglers, and others can get free copies of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) updated booklets on spring

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The Best Tackle For You

There are many people out there who want to learn to fish, and many who have been fishing for years who have questions about the right tackle. One of the most-asked questions from folks I took fishing was…. What should I buy to fish with? Every guide knows that the success of a fisherman who

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