Outdoors

MDC Creature Feature: Missouri’s annual cicadas

It wouldn’t be a Missouri summer without the pulsating hum of its annual cicadas. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages you to learn more about these bug-eyed insects and the important role they play in the ecosystem. Periodical cicadas are making headlines this year as numerous states will be visited by Brood X after

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Apply now: Missouri bear season begins Oct. 18

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces the state’s first black-bear hunting season is slated for this coming fall, Oct. 18–27. The Missouri Conservation Commission gave final approval of MDC’s season framework, permit and harvest quotas, and other related regulations for hunting black bears in Missouri at its March 26 open meeting. The approved regulations

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Fishing Report

Caplinger Mills Report By Ryan Finch Caplinger Woods They are catching catfish and crappie. A few days ago, someone caught 40 catfish in two days. Most of them were just fillet size. Six or seven were pretty good size. Best baits for the catfish ae shad and worms. The crappie are hitting on minnows. Best

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Discover nature this summer during frogging season

Missouri’s frog season doesn’t get as much publicity as deer hunting or spring turkey season, but for some outdoors enthusiasts, it’s as much of a tradition as any other outdoors events. People can learn more about frogging at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free program “Hunting: Frog gigging 101 and Other Harvest Methods” on

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Recreational snagging recommendations under consideration

Recommendation 1 State-wide minimum length limit: 32 inches, eye-to-fork length, (current state-wide length limit is 24 inches, this proposal would not change the current 34-inch minimum length limit in effect on Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake, and Table Rock Lake and their tributaries) Reason MDC is considering a length-limit change: Paddlefish in the Mississippi

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Fishing Report

Taberille Report By Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm They were catching the heck out of crappie and blue cats yesterday. I don’t know how they are doing today but there are several people fishing today in the same places. Caplinger Report By Emma Simpson Caplinger Woods I don’t know how much success people are having

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Conservation Commission approves CWD regulation changes by MDC

MDC adds Camden, Laclede, McDonald, and Pulaski counties to CWD Management Zone and reinstates mandatory CWD sampling for opening weekend of the November firearms portion. The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved proposed regulation changes from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) related to chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance and management efforts. The changes were approved

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Fishing Report

All reports I hear are that the catfish and crappie are biting like crazy. I called Conservation to find out about lengths and limits. Stacia (used to be Ehlers) read from the rule book but it was so complicated we both decided you should stop by the MDC office for a free rule book. It

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MDC reminds hunters and anglers squirrel and black bass seasons open May 22

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to discover nature this summer by squirrel hunting and black bass fishing. Both seasons open Saturday, May 22. Squirrels The hunting season on eastern gray and fox squirrels runs May 22 through Feb. 15, 2022. Allowed methods include shotguns, rifles, and other legal firearm methods, as

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