Outdoors

MDC reminds hunters of deer and turkey regulation changes for fall

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds deer and turkey hunters of regulation changes that apply to hunting this fall. • Crossbows have been added as a legal method during archery deer and turkey seasons and also during the fall firearms turkey season. As a result, MDC has removed the “hunting method exemption” requirement for

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Where the Status Quo Won’t Work

In Arkansas just the other day I talked to a friend of mine who is a bass-fishing nut and all around outdoorsman. Larry Davenport runs the Buffalo Point Restaurant high above the Buffalo River. He grew up there. We got around to talking about Crooked Creek which flows from the Ozark Mountains south of Harrison

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Fishing report

Taberville Report By Linda McCallister Dains Fish Farm We still have people trotlining and having success. Friday we had a family and they only had two days to trotline. They got their brown carp. They came back the next day for more of them. They ran their lines that morning. They had one blue in

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Smallmouth bass and Rock bass regulation changes

On Aug. 4, the Missouri Department of Conservation Regulations Committee voted to approve changes to the Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass regulations.  After looking at the biological and social data (nine public meetings) the following changes were approved: Rock bass (goggle-eye) regulations • Maintain Rock Bass Special Management Areas except the Osage Fork of the

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Fall gardening – the gift that keeps on giving

Succession gardening gives gardeners a second harvest, often more flavorful than the first, says University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist David Trinklein. Succession gardening simply means that as one crop is harvested and removed from the garden, a second is planted in the area vacated. Gardeners are able to reap top rewards from valuable garden

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Fishing Report for Aug. 4

Lake Stockton Report by Harry Lefferts and Jesse Johnson Stockton State Park Marina A week ago one of my neighbors caught 30 walleye on a Saturday. Biggest one was a 24 incher. He was on B-4 with other people in the boat. I’m hearing about some white bass around Masters. A guy in here right

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MDC seeks public input on plans for glade areas in St. Clair County

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for the Dave Rock and Lichen Glade conservation areas in St. Clair County. Plans for the areas will be available for public comment through

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Grant funds, hog hunting ban make gains in feral hog fight

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners are already seeing the benefits of grant funds designated to help fight the invasive feral hog population. Paired with recent banning of hog hunting on conservation areas, this marks progress in the fight against feral hogs according to John Burk, a regional wildlife biologist with the

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Why everyone ought to hunt squirrels in the summer

Just outside my screened porch, there are white oaks well over 200 years old, and they are loaded with acorns. Just after dawn this morning I sat there watching pieces of acorn rain down from high limbs as a grey squirrel ate his breakfast. Those white oak acorns bode well for a wide variety of

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Lizards an infrequent sight for most people

Most of us have seen lizards — we just don’t see them very frequently. It’s not that we never see them. On the contrary, you have probably seen a lizard on occasion scurrying across the foundation of your house or across a nearby sidewalk. Or maybe you saw one sunning itself on a rock or

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