Outdoors

Springfield fisherman takes state-record

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that John Paul Morris of Springfield became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he shot a bigmouth buffalo in a private pond in Henry County using a bow and arrow. The new “alternative method” record bigmouth buffalo taken by Morris Jan. 21 weighed 57 pounds, 13

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Night of the Big Cat

by Larry Dablemont An Excerpt from my book, Little Home on the Piney, the true story of my father’s boyhood.       In November of 1938 I was eleven years old and soon to be twelve.  Pop showed me how to set a deadfall, and how to bait them and run up to 40

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MDC continues work to remove feral hogs from the landscape

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists on the feral hog strike team have tallied up numbers for 2016. The year yielded a total of 5,358 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies and private landowners, which is a significant increase over efforts the previous year. In 2015, 3,649 feral hogs were removed from the

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Master Naturalists

Once again it is the time of year for that age-old question… How do I keep squirrels out of my bird feeder? I have found that squirrels eating bird-seed have a much better flavor than those found eating acorns. Here are some nature questions you might find interesting. First, are there any mammals that reproduce

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MDC reports final deer harvest 263,832, archery turkey harvest 2,304

Missouri’s 2016-2017 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 263,832 deer. Top counties for the overall season were Franklin with 5,272 deer harvested, Howell with 5,242, and Texas with 4,608. Hunters harvested 273,249 deer during the 2015-2016 deer hunting seasons. Deer hunting ended with

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The Breaks

Sitting in the front of the boat, I held my shotgun and trembled a little with the excitement as we slowly floated forward toward the flock of mallards. They seemed aware that the blind which grandpa had arranged on the bow out of sycamore and oak branches wasn’t quite right. It looked like a floating

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Apply online for MDC spring managed turkey hunts

Missouri youth, archery and firearms turkey hunters can apply online for 2017 spring turkey managed hunts between Jan. 6 and Feb. 28 through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at mdc.mo.gov/springturkeyhunts. Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will be posted March 13. Spring turkey hunting youth weekend

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Hunters harvest 10,602 deer during Missouri alternative-methods portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,602 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms season, which ran Dec. 24- Jan. 3. Of the total harvest, 2,787 were antlered bucks, 1,496 button bucks, and 6,319 does. Top harvest counties were Oregon with 262 deer

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MDC reports three new cases of CWD from mandatory sampling

Final results from 19,200+ deer tested show total of five cases of chronic wasting disease. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has received final results from the more than 19,200 tissue samples tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) following the Department’s mandatory sampling of deer harvested on Nov. 12 and 13 in 29

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New Directions

So a new year begins. My new year’s resolution is the same this year as it has been each and every year since I can remember… “I resolve to live and enjoy every day of this year one day at a time, and try to think of others more than myself. And I will thank

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