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Going Fishing

By Jeff Berti
Most anglers are aware that there are length limits on bass at public lakes in the area. This includes Crowder and Indian Creek Lake, with a 12 to 15 inch “slot” and Lake Paho, west of Princeton, with an 18-inch minimum, while most new lakes have a 15-inch minimum.
Various length limits are not intended to confuse anglers. Each lake may have a different length limit to

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MDC Prescribed Burn Meeting

The Missouri Department of Conservation and Quail Forever will co-host an informational meeting about the benefits of a prescribed burn association on Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Mildred B. Litton Building near Chillicothe.
Prescribed burn association is an organized group of landowners that work together to conduct prescribed burns to improve the quality of grasslands and woodlands.
For more information, persons may

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NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet

The Green Hills Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its 17th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Friday, April 17 at the National Guard Armory in Trenton.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the dinner set for 7:30. A live auction will follow. Tickets for the event can be purchased from Robin Chambers, Scott Roy or Shannon Price. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, April 14 for meal

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Morels Coming Soon

By Jeff Berti
With the recent rains and warmer temperatures, outdoor enthusiasts may have mushroom hunting on their minds. Although the soil temperature is still pretty cool, it won’t be long before the sponge-like morels begin popping through the forest floor.
Morels are the fruiting bodies of a larger plant, just as apples are the fruiting structures of an apple tree. Morel fungi emerge each spring from wintering bodies known

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Burning Tips

By Jeff Berti
A combination of dry weather and wind makes early spring the heart of the fire season in Missouri. Thousands of acres of forest and grasslands will burn. Almost all of these fires will be caused by human negligence or malicious arson.
If you are contemplating burning anything outdoors during this time of year, the Department of Conservation has a few suggestions.
• Don’t burn brush piles. They

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The Ducks They Are A Movin’

By Jeff Berti
You certainly don’t have to be a waterfowl hunter to enjoy the spring waterfowl migration. This is the time of year when ducks and geese fly north to their breeding grounds.
Many species of ducks migrate through Missouri, but almost all of them keep heading north. There is one, however, that is an exception to the rule. This duck commonly nests in Missouri and some claim it

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Paddlefish

By Jeff Berti
With small eyes that peer over a two-foot long spoonbill snout at one end and a shark’s tail at the other end, it’s unlikely many would describe the paddlefish as attractive. But for hundreds of Missouri anglers there is nothing more beautiful than the sight of a seven-foot long, 100-pound paddlefish at the end of a snagline.
The paddlefish is a sort of living fossil. More closely

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Preparing For Bluebirds

By Jeff Berti
It’s still the middle of winter, but it’s the perfect time to be laying plans for bluebird production for the coming spring and summer.
You should have bluebird houses out by the first of March and February is a good time to put up boxes. The birds may not be nesting as early as March 1, but they start selecting the houses that they will soon be

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Deer Management Workshop In Jamesport

The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a Deer Management Workshop in Jamesport on Saturday, March 7. The workshop is free and will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the A.V. Spillman Event Center in Jamesport.
Topics at the event will be designed to educate property managers about white-tail deer and how land management can improve deer quality and quantity. MDC Staff will discuss how to manage land for

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