Outdoors

ROGERS RULE THE ROOST ON D’ARBONNE

ROGERS RULE THE ROOST ON D’ARBONNE – The El Dorado Springs crappie fishing teams of Matthew and Bruce Rogers not only claimed the Crappie Masters National Qualifier Championship, on Lake D’Arbonne in Louisiana in late February, they also took home two huge trophies from the Union Parish Tourist Commission and Union Parish Chamber of Commerce

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MDC offers TRIM grants to assist with community tree care

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is taking applications for its annual cost-share grants to assist government entities and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land. The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree

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Snagging report for April 15

I spoke on the phone Monday with Trish Yasger, the MDC paddlefish expert. Nice lady. She said that snaggers are catching decent sized females up to 70 lbs. and males up to 50 lbs. in the Osage as far up as Taberville. The 111 lb. female Trish reported was caught near Osceola. She said it

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MDC sets migratory game bird and waterfowl hunting seasons

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations at its April 8 meeting from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for upcoming 2020 migratory-game-bird-hunting seasons and 2020-2021 waterfowl-hunting seasons. 2020 Migratory game bird hunting Mourning Doves, Eurasian Collared Doves, and White-Winged Doves Season: Sept. 1 through Nov. 29 Limits: 15 daily and 45 in possession combined total

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Morale boosters for the empty-handed morel seekers

Late April is a peak season for morel mushrooms in western Missouri, to the delight of people who like to cook them and find them in the freshly greening outdoors. Where they appear, though, is a challenge for those new to seeking the sponge-like fungi. Or for those veterans who cannot find them. Morels appear

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MDC urges drivers to slow down and give turtles a brake

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages drivers to be cautious on the roads this spring and give turtles a brake! These reptiles are often hit by cars during the warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are more active. Common turtles spotted crossing Missouri roads include three-toed box

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Simple plantings can create a prairie at home

Prairies and flowery woodlands once covered most of western Missouri. A living piece of the past can be grown at home, and the easiest way is to take a small and simple approach to gardening with native wildflowers and grasses. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can connect people with prairie plants that work in

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What birds are worthless and what ones ain’t

The virus hasn’t made life much different for me because how I live now is not much different than I have always lived. Up here on this isolated ridgetop I call Lightnin’ Ridge, the highest point in this county, I have to spend a lot of time watching the birds that come to Gloria Jean’s

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MDC announces Missouri’s first elk-hunting season coming this fall

Apply May 1 – 31 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through a permit vendor. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it will offer Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting season in modern history starting this fall. Four general permits will be for the public and one permit will be reserved for qualifying area landowners. Missouri’s first pending

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