Outdoors

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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Fishing Report

Taberville Report By Linda McCallister Dain Fish Farm The catfish are biting in the North Lake at Schell on lines fastened to noodles, not jugs. They are baiting with brown carp. On Saturday, a man won the catfish tournament down here at the bridge fishing with perch. He caught a 43 pounder on rod and

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STATE RECORD WHITE CRAPPIE

Austin Campbell (left) and Blake Moreland (right) with the state record 2-pound, 1-ounce white crappie Campbell caught on a trotline in an irrigation pond in Cass County.

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Same Old Thing… Continued

The new director of the Missouri Department of Conservation is Tom Draper. Truthfully, he has been the boss there for quite some time. To explain that, I had an interview with the latest director Robert Zeihmer, just a couple of years ago in his office in Jefferson City and Draper sat beside him as if

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Fish biting in Osage

Taberville Report by Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm I went down there yesterday and caught a whole herd of fish. It was a little brusy with drifts coming down, but I don’t think it is quite so bad now. I was rod and reel fishing yesterday for carp on worms. Carp fishing was awesome. We

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July 2016 MO Conservationist now online

The complete July issue of the Missouri Conservationist is available for viewing and/or download at mdc.mo.gov/conmag This month’s features: Bear With Us Department researchers visit black bear dens to study population growth Caring for Missouri’s Best Wild Places Partners use a wide-ranging approach to conserve unique areas and meet local needs Up a Lazy River

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MDC seeks public input for Montrose Conservation Area

Public can comment in July on management plan for area in Henry County Editors and webmasters – this release has a kill date of July 27. The plan will not be available online for input after July 31 so all usage of this release should occur early in the month if possible. The Missouri Department

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Fishing report for June 30

Fishing report Taberville Report By Linda McCallister Dains Fish Farm We have people trotlining and doing limb lines. The people that are fishing the hardest park their boat out here for a dollar a day. They come early in the morning like at 6 o’clock. They go run their lines. Then they bait them at

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Ten great floats in the Missouri Ozarks

by Brent Frazee The Kansas City Star Towering bluffs, gurgling riffles, timbered hillsides, pools where schools of fish scatter at the sight of an advancing canoe — that’s the Ozarks at its best. Each year, thousands of people launch their canoes and paddle into the most beautiful scenery southern Missouri offers. A more peaceful, get-back-to-nature

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