Outdoors

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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Fishing report

Taberville Report by Linda McCallister Dains Fish Farm We still have a few people trotlining. A man and his son pulled their lines early this week or late last week but before that the morning they took them out, they had four under the slot limit. The biggest they had caught in two weeks of

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Want to be a Conservation Agent with MDC?

MDC is accepting applications until Aug. 29 for its next class of conservation agents. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting online applications through Aug. 29 for its next class of conservation agent trainees. Selected candidates will undergo 26 weeks of intense training in all facets of law enforcement and resource management. Those who

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Tale of Two Outdoorsmen

Born in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri, I moved to the Ozarks of Arkansas in 1970. In 1990 I moved back to the Missouri Ozarks. That first spring I was exploring new country, hunting wild turkeys, when I walked upon a young hunter sitting against a tree. I felt bad about interrupting his hunting but

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Maze wins on Stockton Lake

Lamar angler Byron Maze topped the field with the only 5-fish limit to win the American Bass Anglers D126 final 1-day tournament of the 2016 season on Saturday, July 23. Maze weight was 10.29 lbs. His partner, Jessi Esparza of Arkansas, also weighed in a fish. Second place went to a new ABA member, Andy

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