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Outdoors

Avoid planting invasive trees such as the Bradford pear

Spring is a wonderful time to plant new trees and shrubs, but landscapers should be careful not to plant species that can harm native habitats such as woodlands. Bradford pear, or Callery pear, for one, is an ornamental tree that has become invasive and chokes out native species in natural areas and parks. Gardeners and homeowners are urged to consider native alternatives for spring planting, such as the downy serviceberry.

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There are plenty of April seasons open for outdoorsmen

    Our Missouri turkey season began Monday, April 21. I, along with thousands of others, took to the spring woods in hopes of dueling with a lusty turkey gobbler. However, turkey hunting is not the only season currently available to outdoorsmen. Crappie and bass fishing are heating up, morel mushrooms are popping and the Conservation Order for snow geese is in through April.

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Here’s how to sneak up on a turkey

    You know what I like about hunting turkeys today over the 1970s when I first tried my hand at it? Well, you don’t have to get up real early. I remember all those mornings tent camping somewhere way back in the woods or on the river, getting up at four in the morning and trying to fry eggs and bacon by lantern light after we had stayed up ‘til midnight telling tall stories.

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Kid’s Fishing Day set for May 17 at Maramec Spring Park

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Maramec Spring Trout Fishermen’s Association, and The James Foundation will present Kids Free Fishing Day at Maramec Spring Park on Saturday, May 17. The park will open at 5:30 a.m. and the event will be held rain or shine, with fishing starting at 6:30 a.m. and continuing until 8:15 p.m. Kids fish free and there will be no parking fee on this day for cars with kids 15 and under inside.

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MDC limits firearm antlerless permits for upcoming deer season

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved regulation changes at its meeting today (April 17) in Jefferson City that will reduce the availability of firearm antlerless deer hunting permits from “any number” in most of the state to one in most of the state.

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