Outdoors

MDC invites public to learn about turkey hunting basics

Free clinics near Springfield and Lebanon will have tips for youths and adults. Spring turkey hunting involves a variety of skills. Knowing how to locate a gobbler, call him into shotgun range, handling firearms in a safe fashion and knowing the regulations are all parts of a successful and safe hunt. Hunters can learn more

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MDC offers free paddlefish snagging clinic April 15

Registration opened March 1 for clinic at Warsaw on Lake of the Ozarks. If you want to catch a really big fish, try paddlefish snagging. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can teach you how. You might reel in a fish that weighs 50 to 80 pounds or even far bigger. Paddlefish, known as spoonbill,

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Cox blows away full field on Stockton

Carl Cox had no trouble topping the field of 27 anglers on Stockton Lake Saturday, Feb 25. With a couple of 12 lb bags already weighed in, Cox brought his big bag to the scales; it went 17.80 lbs, topped off with Big Bass of the tournament, a 6.93 lb largemouth. That finish was worth

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Fenton angler gigs state-record gizzard shad

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Riley Nolan of Fenton became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he gigged a gizzard shad on the Big River in Jefferson County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Nolan on Jan. 30 weighed two pounds, six ounces with a length of 17 inches.

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MDC, CFM thank hunters for Sharing the Harvest

4,280 deer hunters shared nearly 199,000 pounds of venison to help feed hungry Missourians. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) thank the 4,280 Missouri deer hunters who donated 198,277 pounds of venison to the state’s Share the Harvest program this past deer season. The donated deer meat will

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Just a Pair of Antlers

This weeks nature question for all you master naturalists… True or False. Some fawns in the Ozarks are born as early as January. Answer at end of column. Not long ago I received this email from a reader…”I just read your article in the local paper in November. I have never heard of Conservation officers

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Corps and NWTF to hold annual youth turkey hunt

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Stockton Lake and Cedar County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will accept applications now through March 10 for the 5th annual Youth Managed Turkey Hunt. Youth, ages 6-15, are invited to apply for one of 10 spots available in the youth turkey season hunt, scheduled for

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Pig disease on upswing in U.S.

Pork producers need to know what to do if a vesicular disease strikes their operation. The Seneca Valley virus (SVV) disease is on the upswing in the United States, says Corinne Bromfield, University of Missouri Extension veterinarian. The Swine Health Information Center reported that diagnostics labs had seen more than 60 cases of SVV from

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The Best Event of the Year

This week’s Lightnin’ Ridge nature question for all those master naturalists out there is… “Mountain lions do well when their number one food source, the white-tail deer is plentiful. Another mammal, which is steadily increasing, is a prey animal mountain lions would rather have than venison. Mountain lion numbers might rise in the Ozarks solely

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Weed Management Update Feb 22 at Butler

Dr. Kevin Bradley, MU Associate Professor of Weed Science, will present a Weed Management Update: Some Thoughts on 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22, in the Sheriff’s Conference Center, 13 W Dakota, Butler  He will discus  herbicide management strategies old and new, dealing with resistant weeds, palmer amaranth showing

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