Outdoors

Fishing report

Taberville Report by Linda McCallister Dains Fish Farm We still have a few people trotlining. A man and his son pulled their lines early this week or late last week but before that the morning they took them out, they had four under the slot limit. The biggest they had caught in two weeks of

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Want to be a Conservation Agent with MDC?

MDC is accepting applications until Aug. 29 for its next class of conservation agents. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting online applications through Aug. 29 for its next class of conservation agent trainees. Selected candidates will undergo 26 weeks of intense training in all facets of law enforcement and resource management. Those who

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Tale of Two Outdoorsmen

Born in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri, I moved to the Ozarks of Arkansas in 1970. In 1990 I moved back to the Missouri Ozarks. That first spring I was exploring new country, hunting wild turkeys, when I walked upon a young hunter sitting against a tree. I felt bad about interrupting his hunting but

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Maze wins on Stockton Lake

Lamar angler Byron Maze topped the field with the only 5-fish limit to win the American Bass Anglers D126 final 1-day tournament of the 2016 season on Saturday, July 23. Maze weight was 10.29 lbs. His partner, Jessi Esparza of Arkansas, also weighed in a fish. Second place went to a new ABA member, Andy

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Where the news is all good

The trails are cleaned off and well marked, the cabins neatly arranged and the food plots so green and full of crops that deer and turkey are easy to see. Rabbits are everywhere and there are dozens of species of birds, nesting throughout. The gravel swimming beach is shaded and the swimming-hole inviting. Kayaks and

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State record Dwarf Hack Berry honored

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) presented a State Champion Tree award to Tan-Tar-A Resort in Camden County for the largest known dwarf hackberry tree in the state. “The dwarf hackberry tree at Tan-Tar-A just happened to catch my eye as I was leaving the complex for lunch during the Missouri Natural Resources Conference,” said

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MDC’s Bushwhacker Lake switches to managed deer hunts

Application period for area’s six managed hunts begins July 1. Increasing hunter satisfaction at Bushwhacker Lake Conservation Area is the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) goal of this year’s deer-hunting changes at the 4,790-acre area in southwest Missouri. Beginning this fall, deer hunting at Bushwhacker will change from archery and alternative methods during those respective

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Many unaware of Missouri’s softshell turtle population

Photos by Missouri Department of Conservation Francis Skalicky, Missouri Department of Conservation 6:01 a.m. CDT July 6, 2016 (Photo: Missouri Department of Conservation) When it comes to little-known outdoor events in Missouri, it would be safe to say few are more obscure than the state’s softshell turtle season. If you didn’t know Missouri has a

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On a Gravel Bar Long Ago

I don’t know how old grandpa was then… but I was 13. We were camped on a Big Piney gravel bar below the mouth of Hog Creek. Grandpa Dablemont taught me so much on those river trips. He was the best outdoorsman I ever knew, descended from a Frenchman who stowed away on a ship

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