Outdoors

A Good Reason for Change

This week’s master naturalist question, for the hundreds of “master naturalists” out there in the suburbs of who have their master naturalist certificates… In actual weight, which one is larger, the adult gray squirrel or the adult red squirrel? All of us who hunt squirrels and skin them and eat them, and send their tails

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Palmer amaranth invades about 5 more Missouri counties each year

Its cousin, waterhemp, remains top weed in state, but likely not for long Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth are easily confused. They are like ugly distant cousins at a family reunion. They look alike until you see them side by side. Their differences become apparent upon closer examination. Palmer amaranth is the bigger bully of the

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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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