Outdoors

Proper disposal of fishing lines protects people and wildlife

Help keep rivers and lakes clean and safe Hazards for wildlife and people from lost or discarded fishing lines and hooks, and old and inactive trot lines or set lines, are not prevalent on the state’s rivers and lakes. But problems do occur sometimes, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urges anglers to recover

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The shirt off my back

Down at the pool hall when I was a kid I heard some front bench regulars talking about the funeral they had went to. They said of the fellow being laid to rest that he was a guy who would give you the shirt off his back. I thought about how I would like to

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MDC announces addition to Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has added a 320-acre grassland tract to the Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie Conservation Area in St. Clair County. This filled a gap between existing area tracts and provides the opportunity to manage contiguous native grassland on the northern boundary. MDC manages Wah’Kon-Tah for native prairie plant and wildlife species in partnership

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Are you bear aware?

Bears have a remarkable sense of smell that can unfortunately lead them to human food. When camping at Missouri State Parks remember to keep your coolers closed and your campsite clean.

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Free nightly light show

Have you noticed something different in your backyard in the evenings lately? Sporadic flashing yellow or green lights show up this time of year in yards around the state. Fireflies (also called lightening bugs) are small beetles that use bioluminescence to communicate. The adult beetle’s abdomen blinks a specific pattern that, when combined with specific

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STATE RECORD SPOTTED SUCKR

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates John Garver of Williamsville for shooting a new state-record spotted sucker while bowfishing. Garver, whose record falls under alternative methods, shot the 3-pound, 6-ounce fish at Duck Creek Conservation Area north of Puxico May 1. His record beat the previous record under alternative methods by more than a

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MOMMA FALCON

This falcon parent was banded as a chick in Omaha, Neb. Some adult falcons return to the city where they were banded as chicks, while some become parents in cities throughout the Midwest. This female is now raising young at a nest at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLC office building in Kansas City. Photos

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The Lady, the Bass and the Memory

It was one of the most beautiful smallmouth i ever saw… a deep chocolate brown, with a bulging belly full of eggs, and a length of 23 inches. I know it was bigger than six-pounds but no one ever weighed it that I know of. The photo of that enormous smallmouth is old, and it

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