Outdoors

Get tips on identifying waterfowl at Aug. 19 MDC online program

Learn about the variety of ducks and geese that travel through this region in the fall. Waterfowl identification is often associated with duck hunting. While it is a necessary skill for hunters to have, waterfowl identification is also a valuable tool for everyone who appreciates nature. People can learn more about how to identify waterfowl

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Kill Ten Deer This Fall

I don’t think this land registration thing is going well for the Missouri Department of Conservation. I and many other landowners have vowed to hunt on our own land this year without registering it, and the whole idea has turned lots of deer hunting landowners into skeptics of what the MDC is and what their

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August Ain’t So Bad

It is unusual for the Ozarks to get so much rain in July, but it certainly doesn’t hurt fishing, especially in streams. When I was a kid, any summer rain that raised the Big Piney and made dinghy-colored water flow into it, sent me to a couple of favorite gravel bar spots with a rod

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An Odd River Creature

I volunteered to fry fish for those who come to a class reunion at Houston, Mo in mid-September, so this past week my daughter and I took the old johnboat down to the river not far from Lightnin’ Ridge and set a short trotline. We baited about 20 hooks with green sunfish Christy caught from

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MDC announces changes to waterfowl managed hunts due to COVID-19

All reservations will be allocated through a weekly in-season reservation draw. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has modified the 2020-2021 waterfowl managed hunt process to assure the safety of hunters and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. MDC is committed to providing hunting opportunities on managed waterfowl hunting areas throughout the waterfowl season. To allow

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Dove hunters can get tips at virtual MDC program Aug. 8

Get information on how to bag this popular gamebird at this free online program. Dove hunting is a popular outdoors pastime in Missouri, but the speed and darting actions of a mourning dove in flight can make for a challenging target. People interested in getting more information on how to get this gamebird from the

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Wonderful wacky Walleye

by Jim Low Missouri’s most delicious sport fish is a little wacky. If you’re like most Missouri anglers, you’ve never caught a walleye on purpose. If you’ve eaten one, you probably wished you could get more. But the ways of the walleye are mysterious, and few Show-Me State anglers have cracked the code. That’s because

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Missouri state record brown trout

A fishing guide who decided to go fishing on his day off wound up catching a German brown trout that was just short of a world record but shattered the Missouri state record.

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New Missouri record fish beats the old mark

Robert Audrain III’s new Missouri record fish beat the old mark by 33 percent. The St. Louis angler’s 4-ounce longear sunfish eclipsed the previous record longear by a whole ounce. “It’s funny because most of my friends thought it was a joke,” Audrain said, laughing. “Because of the fish’s size, they really didn’t think that

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Missouri’s BIG Game FISH

The cold pierced our bones. Rain came down in buckets, filling the bottom of the boat with water despite the bilge pump and our attempts at bailing. When the lightning raced across the sky, we caught a glimpse of the shoreline. I knew it was dangerous to be in an aluminum boat on the water

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