Outdoors

Better Than Filay-Miggnon

I don’t know how many times I have sat down in these woods on my neighbor’s farm. Most of those times I have been here hunting deer or wild turkey. A time or two I have carried only my camera. But it is a good place to be, leaning up against a big oak, relaxing

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What have our Ozark rivers become?

A month or so ago, several people were on facebook moaning about what our Ozark rivers have become.  So I gave them an invitation to do something about it rather than talking about it.  Our big outdoorsman’s swap meet is the fourth Saturday in March, at Brighton, Mo, north of Springfield.  There in that big

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Programs on eagles and other birds at MDC’s Springfield Nature Center

Bird is the word at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Springfield Conservation Nature Center in January because that’s when the facility will host a variety of bird-related events. Some nature center programs require registration in advance so it’s important for nature center guests to familiarize themselves with MDC’s event website at www.mdc.mo.gov/southwestevents or call

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MDC sets deer and turkey hunting dates for upcoming seasons

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Commission’s Dec. 13 meeting for upcoming turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates. 2020 Spring and fall turkey hunting dates • Spring Youth Portion: April 4 and 5 • Regular Spring Turkey Season: April 20 through May 10 • Fall Firearms Turkey

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Cedar Trees for Christmas

I was probably only six or seven years old when I went on my first hunting trip. Dad and I were hunting a Christmas tree. I carried the axe. A Christmas tree at our home was always a cedar tree, and not just any cedar tree. It had to be just the right height, the

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Missouri Deer Harvest Down

The deer kill during the November gun season in Missouri was about 179 thousand, compared to 201 thousand in 2018. The Missouri Department of Conservation has made some mistakes in the past few years that they will regret, and one of them involves changing the landowners permit situation. I believe it is showing up now

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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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