Outdoors

Osage County angler sets record for state-record fish

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Bryant Rackers of Bonnots Mill for his impressive fishing after catching two more state-record fish. Rackers now holds state records for white perch and sauger, both of which caught on the Osage River in November. Rackers has made a name for himself, as he already holds two other

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MDC reports 10,543 deer harvested during antlerless portion

Archery season continues through Jan. 15, alternative methods runs Dec. 28 – Jan. 7. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,543 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Dec. 6-8. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 396 deer harvested, Pike with

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The Ducks From Somewhere Else

Bolt and I loaded up the boat and headed for Truman Lake the day before thanksgiving. Bolt is my big brown Labrador, the third or fourth greatest duck dog in the world. I call him that; so all the other Lab owners who think their dog is the ‘best one in the world’ have no

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MDC reports young hunters checked 1,909 deer during late youth portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 1,909 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2019 deer hunting season, Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Of the 1,909 deer harvested, 752 were antlered bucks, 200 were button bucks and 957 were does. Top counties

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Stockton “hot” at 32 degrees

Stockton Lake was “hot” for the 25  American Bass Anglers who launched from Old State Park ramp at 7:15 a.m. in 32 degree air temperature and a light NW wind. Weigh-in found the top four competitors very close. Matthew Roberts had 17.21 lbs anchored by Big Bass of the tournament, a 6.4 lb large mouth;

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Leafblowers

I realized last fall that the greatest invention of mankind is not the wheel, it is the leaf blower. On Thanksgiving day I will be thankful for many many things, and one of them is the leaf-blower. I can’t imagine any outdoorsman not having one. I remember years ago spending hours trying to sweep leaves

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MDC thanks hunters for assistance

by JOE JEREK, Missouri Department of Conservation Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected more than 18,800 tissue samples from hunter-harvested deer for CWD testing. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the many thousands of deer hunters who participated in its mandatory CWD sampling efforts in 29 counties Nov. 16 and 17 during the opening

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MDC reports 88,843 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 88,843 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 16 and 17. Of the 88,843 deer harvested, 51,086 were antlered bucks, 8,115 were button bucks, and 29,642 were does. Top harvest

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A Great Man Passes

Two weeks ago I wrote about attending the funeral of an old family friend who grew up in Texas County and died just a few days before.  His name was Charlie Hartman Jr., one of the finest men I ever knew. The day of his funeral was exactly 61 years after my father was hurt

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Osage County angler ties state record for skipjack herring

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Bryant Rackers of Bonnots Mill for tying the current state record for skipjack herring. Rackers was fishing on the Osage River Oct. 27 when he caught the 3-pound fish using the pole-and-line method. The catch ties with the previous record fish, which was caught on the Missouri River

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