Outdoors

Spring turkey hunters harvest 43,339 birds

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 39,239 birds during Missouri’s 2017 regular spring turkey season April 17 through May 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 932 birds checked, Texas with 843, and Callaway with 697. Young turkey hunters harvested 4,100 birds during the 2017 spring youth

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The One That Got Away

I wasn’t going to tell this… thought I would just let it go, since it doesn’t make a very good story. But there was this big ol’ gobbler, one morning about eleven o’clock. I like to walk and call and walk and call, and explore the country sometimes when I hunt spring gobblers, and upon

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A Secret Cave

My daughter, Christy, and I took a little trip over to the Big Piney River in mid-April, where I grew up. I wanted to show her some caves I remember, caves that my grandfather had shown me more than 50 years ago. He found many of them just because when he trapped the river in

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Mushroom hunting

It’s a spring tradition that inspires tens of thousands of people in the bi-state to get outdoors. It’s a spring tradition that inspires tens of thousands of people in the bi-state to get outdoors.  It’s mushroom season and one seasoned hunter is sharing his secrets – well, almost. Jeff Barton’s parents taught him how to

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Fishing report for April 4

Taberville Report by Linda McAllister Dains Fish Farm Right now, I’m kinda getting’ mixed reports on white cats. I don’t know if the water has crested and started to go down and that had kinda shut them off down here. But the white cat fishing has been real good. I got a report that crappie

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American Bass Anglers coming to Stockton

American Bass Anglers Division 126 will hold a qualifying tournament Saturday, April 29, on Stockton Lake, launching out of Old State Park. Registration will begin at the ramp at 5 a.m. with a safety and rules briefing at 6 a.m. followed by partner pairing. Weigh-in will begin shortly after 3 p.m. at the launch site.

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St. Louis angler snags state-record skipjack herring

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Steven Wengler of St. Louis became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he snagged a skipjack herring on the Mississippi River. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Wengler on April 17 weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces. Wengler’s recent catch broke the previous state record

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Last snagging report for the season

by Trish Yasger We’re continuing to get rain, so flows remain good and the fish have moved up. Snagging is good on both Truman and Lake of the Ozarks and we’re continuing to see the large females. However, it’s starting to slow down which is typical at the end of the season as people move

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A Malady Mis-Named

They call it “ocular migraine” but that is a poor name for something that is awful. I know… I have lived with it for more than 50 years. I am writing about it now because I know others have it and have no idea what it is. I particularly want parents to know if the

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MOST COMMON JAYWALKER

MOST COMMON JAYWALKER – The three-toed box turtle is a species often seen crossing roads in Missouri during April and May. MDC encourages motorists to slow down when they see a turtle in the road and check to be sure they can safely steer around it.

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