Outdoors

Stay safe and well when visiting Missouri State Parks

Don’t let your hot fun in the summertime turn into summertime blues! While being outside and enjoying nature is usually a fun and relaxing experience, practicing safety measures when visiting one of Missouri’s state parks or historic sites helps keep the day from turning into a disaster with a visit to the emergency room. “Safety

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Fishing Report

Cap[linger Mills Report by Stephanie Finch Caplinger Woods Crappie and catfish are biting. Lake Stockton Report by Joey Fidler Stockton State Park Marina Honestly, I haven’t heard much. I know we’ve been selling minnows and worms. Taberville Report by Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm Fishing is good. We got an inch here. North of the

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MDC reminds people to celebrate safely this summer

As people celebrate this summer, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds everyone to be careful with fireworks, campfires, and other sources of fire that could cause a wildfire. Fireworks: Don’t light fireworks in any areas where the sparks could ignite dry grass, leaves, or other potential fire fuel. Always have an approved fire extinguisher

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Want to become a conservation agent?

Interested in a healthy, rewarding, outdoor career to help protect and manage wildlife resources for future generations? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is currently recruiting and accepting online applications to fill an academy class of conservation agent trainees. Successful candidates will undergo 26 weeks of intense training in all facets of law enforcement and

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Wild Gobblers… Fewer and Fewer

A comeback in populations of the wild turkey is so simple it could begin this year. First of all, we need to end the fall gun season, which allows the taking of too many hens and gobblers. It does indeed affect breeding numbers for the following spring. How could it not? That argument is ridiculous.

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Native grass pasture walk near Walker Tuesday, July 19

“Native grasses can meet cattle grazing needs in the summer months,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist. Therefore, MU Extension is cooperating with Natural Resource Conservation Service, Missouri Department of Conservation and the Nature Conservancy of Missouri to provide a native grass pasture walk on July 19. This pasture walk will begin at

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Learn about snakes on July 12 at MDC’s Springfield Nature Center

Snakes are among Missouri’s most misunderstood animals. That’s unfortunate because underneath a snake’s frightful reputation is an animal that performs valuable pest-control services for humans and, with the exception of a few venomous species, is relatively harmless. People can learn more about snakes on July 12 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free program

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Fishing report

Capliner Mills Report Caplinger Woods Some people were fishing early Saturday morning. They caught crappie, white bass, a few walleye and some catfish. The heat drove the fishermen off the bridge. Taberville Report by Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm Catfish are biting. I saw a 52 lb. flathead caught on a line and a 30

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June 30 MDC virtual program to focus on nature-oriented apps

The phrase “there’s an app for everything” applies to the outdoors, too. If you’re interested in learning more about apps that can enhance your outdoor trips, be sure to sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Discover Nature: Apps in the Outdoors.” This free online program will be June 30 from

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