Outdoors

Fish habitat added to Stockton Lake

by Tyler Green- Cedar County Conservation Agent The Missouri Department of Conservation, in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers, recently added fish habitat to Stockton Lake. Stockton Lake Fisheries Biologist Ben Parnell said, “This year we are adding more cedar trees to older existing brush piles, as well as creating some new piles

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Doggone White Bass

White bass caught on ultra-lite equipment, will outfight about anything in a stream… except smallmouth. And when there is a good current in a tributary to any Ozark lake, if you find a bunch of those big female white bass, you can wear yourself out just trying to get a dozen or so in the

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MDC offers free nature-focused online learning resources

With so many Missourians stuck at home, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering teachers, parents, students, and others its free Discover Nature Schools (DNS) nature-based curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school online. Find DNS information and curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school online at nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/teacher-portal/discover-nature-schools. MDC also offers other nature-based learning resources at

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Reunion in a Boat

I headed for Lake of the Ozarks that morning last week under sunny skies.  When I got there it was raining.  Of course it was! Every time I have been fishing the past month it has been raining, or was about to.  That day it didn’t matter.  I was there to meet Bill Goldinger and

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No spoonbill up in Osage yet

Snaggers at Taberville are only hooking 12 and 15 inch fish according to Dains Fish Farm. The Osage is in the parking lot at Taberville and coming up fast. Trish Yasger, MDC spoonbill specialist, said snaggers were having some success at Table Rock Lake, but she didn’t know if they still were. She said the

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MDC forecasts challenging spring turkey hunting

Missouri turkey hunters can expect a challenging spring season according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 4 and 5 followed by the regular spring season April 20 through May 10. MDC Turkey Biologist Reina Tyl expects spring turkey hunting to be challenging. “A

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Private lands not affected by feral hog hunting closures, opportunistic take regulations

While the Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership (the Partnership) encourages private landowners to work together on trapping efforts to eliminate feral hogs, federal and state officials assure landowners feral hog hunting closures and opportunistic take regulations do not apply to private lands. The US Forest Service (USFS) moved forward with prohibiting the hunting of feral

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The Lyin’est Fish in the River!

I love to fish for white bass this time of year, mostly because sooner or later I can catch them on topwater lures with ultra-lite gear. Now that is fishing! There are a million places to find them, and that’s what pleases me the most, is finding a passel of white bass where no one

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Stockton Lake tourney results

Cool, wet and cloudy was the weather for D126 American Bass Angers as they braved the elements March 14 on Stockton Lake. Jerk-baits, crankbaits and umbrella rigs were reported to be the baits for the day. Heavy rain created a noticeable run-off causing the lake level to rise through-out the day. Five limits were brought

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Get new MDC booklets

Get more information on MDC offerings at mdc.mo.gov. Missouri hunters, trappers, anglers and others can get free copies of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) updated booklets on spring turkey hunting, hunting and trapping, fishing, and the Wildlife Code of Missouri. The handy booklets have information on related permits, seasons, species, regulations, limits, conservation areas,

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