Outdoors

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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Dangerous turkey hunting method called fanning

The experts at Hunting and Shooting Related Consultants LLC (HSRC) share the concerns of the National Wild Turkey Federation and urge hunters not to get caught up in the dangerous method of turkey hunting called “fanning”. This technique is being promoted by a number of hunting video producers and decoy manufacturers. Any time a hunter

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MDC sets migratory game bird and waterfowl hunting seasons

New hunting-zone boundaries approved in 2016 will be implemented beginning this year. At its April 7 meeting, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the upcoming 2017 migratory-game-bird hunting season and 2017-2018 waterfowl hunting season. 2017 Migratory game bird hunting Mourning Doves, Eurasian Collared Doves, and White-Winged Doves

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Just Another Gobbler

It was back in a time when I was able to leap small mountains in only two or three bounds, and climb up rock hillsides with a shotgun on my back. There we were, just out of our tent drinking coffee, out in the middle of the Ozark National Forestland of Arkansas, in the wilds

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Snagging report for April 12

by Trish Yasger With all of the rains we’ve had we are seeing good flows and the fish are moving up. Snagging is good on both Truman and Lake of the Ozarks – we’re seeing several limits on Lake of the Ozarks.  With the increase in flow we are seeing the Truman fish run up

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Young turkey hunters harvest 4,060 birds during youth weekend

According to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 4,060 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, April 8 and 9. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 118 birds harvested, Callaway with 91 and Gasconade with 87. Young hunters checked 4,167 turkeys during last year’s youth weekend. For county-specific

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MDC encourages turkey hunters to remember safety while hunting

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages hunters to remember safety while in the woods turkey hunting. Regular spring turkey hunting season begins April 17 and runs through May 7. Shooting hours are from a half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. MDC Protection Field Chief Randy Doman stresses that the most common cause of

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Mushroom Seeds and Chippy the Chipmunk

It is mushroom time in the Ozarks. Just last night my daughter found six up here on Lightnin’ Ridge. The best of the mushroom hunting will be between April 14 and April 20 in the northern Ozarks and a week earlier in the south Ozarks. On the first of April they were finding a good

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O’Fallon angler catches state-record redear sunfish

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports James Lucas of O’Fallon became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he caught a redear sunfish on a private pond in Lincoln County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Lucas on March 24 weighed 1 pound, 1 ounce. Lucas’ recent catch broke the previous

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