Outdoors

Big Ditch constructed to protect rich acres of farm land

Submitted by Phyllis Stewart After everything was signed by landowners and with approval from the court, the project was being built, tools moved in and people hired. Mr. McWilliams was the builder of the boats that housed the workers and a kitchen was on board to feed the workers. The houseboats were built at Athol

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Dove Fields Versus Squirrel Woods

It is a nice time to hunt squirrels because there are lots and lots of them, mornings are cooler, and the understory vegetation is thinning a great deal. There are still plenty of ticks of course, and this time of year there is one thing a woodland wanderer has to deal with that drives me

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MDC needs hunter help in southwest Missouri to detect CWD

More than 100 cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) found in deer and elk in northwest Arkansas has prompted the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to continue its increased CWD surveillance efforts in seven southwestern and south-central Missouri counties this fall and winter. The Conservation Department encourages hunters who harvest deer in Barry, Christian, Douglas,

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Fishing report

Taberville Report by Linda McAllister Dains Fish Farm Some guys came in that had been trying to rod and reel fish down on the river. They said it was up and so swift that the water was taking their rods. They were going to to try it at Big Clear. That’s all I have heard

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Jay Carter takes bass tournament win

American Bass Anglers, Division 126 held a 2-day Championship on Stockton Lake Aug. 27-28. The weather on both days was cooperative, but the fish, not so much. Sunshine and clouds ruled both days, with not much wind and temperatures reaching the upper 80’s. Springfield angler, Jay Carter came back from a 4.09 lb. day-1 weight

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MDC Telecheck has new questions on deer and turkey harvests

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer and turkey hunters to know that its Telecheck system for reporting harvests will ask some new questions this fall and winter when hunters check their game. Telecheck will ask deer hunters who harvest does if the distance from the edge of the eyeball to the edge of

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Deer can see you even when they’re eating

By Lindsay Thomas Jr. Here’s a fun and cool experiment in deer biology: the next time you sit down to a meal, first look around for any potential threats, like predators or fire or your loudmouthed Uncle Floyd who wants to join your hunting club. All safe? Next, bend your head down and press your

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Fishing report for Sept. 8

ElDo Report by Ruth Foreman R&R Sporting & Tackle Fishing is not too bad. They are catching catfish on trotlines in the Osage and in Truman Lake baiting with perch, shad and hotdogs. Some of the blues are above he slot limit, some below, some in it. They are catching a few crappie down at

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