Outdoors

MDC reminds hunters and anglers squirrel and black bass seasons open May 22

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to discover nature this summer by squirrel hunting and black bass fishing. Both seasons open Saturday, May 22. Squirrels The hunting season on eastern gray and fox squirrels runs May 22 through Feb. 15, 2022. Allowed methods include shotguns, rifles, and other legal firearm methods, as

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GROUNDHOG

Marmota monax Family: Sciuridae (squirrels) in the order Rodentia Description: The woodchuck, or groundhog, is a common Missouri rodent with short, powerful legs and a medium-long, bushy, and somewhat flattened tail. The long, coarse fur of the back is a grizzled grayish brown with a yellowish or reddish cast. Woodchucks weigh least in spring when

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MDC Protection Branch to launch new canine unit this summer

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is set to launch a new canine unit through its Protection Branch this summer. The new unit, consisting of five dogs and their conservation agent-handlers, will be stationed around the state and used as necessary to work throughout Missouri. According to MDC, the capabilities of canines are extensive in

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MDC reports spring turkey season ended with 34,593 birds harvested

Top harvest counties for the regular season were Franklin, Texas, and Callaway. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 31,798 birds during Missouri’s 2021 regular spring turkey season, April 19 through May 9. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 710 birds telechecked, Texas with 666, and Callaway with

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Fishing report

Editor’s note: This week I was able to make contact with three fishing reporters. One of them told me that fish are biting downriver from Osceola on Truman but neither he nor I know of a fish camp in that area. If you have a source, please give me a name and phone number I

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Apply during May for MDC fall elk-hunting permits

MDC is offering five elk-hunting permits. Apply online in May at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians interested in hunting elk in the state this fall to apply during May for one of five available permits. At least one permit will be for approved area landowners with qualifying property and the remainder

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Twilight Gardeners Garden Club meets

Six members met onTuesday, April 20, at the home of Ursula Fuller. The meeting was called to order by President Ursula Fuller and the group recited the Club Collect. For roll call each member shared which specific birds visit her yard. The minutes of the March meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was

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MO Hunting users will need to update MDC app

Hunters, anglers and trappers who use the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) “MO Hunting” free mobile app will need to perform an app update starting Tuesday, April 27. Android users will need to uninstall the app then reinstall it. The update will provide the most current regulation and data information, including display information to apply

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May Programs from the Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Primitive Skills: Flint Knapping Demonstration Saturday, May 8, 10 am – 12 noon Register online at https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177119 (all ages) Watch primitive skills specialist Don Brink transform simple rocks into artistic and functional points similar to the ones used by early man. Learn the basics and try your hand at this age-old skill. Please remember to

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Snagger lands fish that was stocked at Table Rock in 1970s

Joe Richter had a hunch Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists would be interested in the small metal ring attached to the jaw of the paddlefish he had snagged, but he didn’t know the interesting story Tag S-777 revealed about successful paddlefish management at Table Rock Lake. When Richter landed his 57-pound paddlefish on Table

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