Last updateThu, 24 Jul 2014 1pm


Ornithologizing and such

    People who are certified bird watchers keep lists of all the birds they have seen in their life. They wear short pants and funny looking hats and use names like Coccyzus Americanus and Mimus Polyglottos. The first is a rain crow, or yellow-billed cuckoo, and the latter is a mockingbird. 

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Squirrel, black-bass seasons open May 24

Memorial Day is an even bigger deal for hunters and anglers than it is for other Missourians. That is the weekend when squirrel season opens and anglers can keep legal-sized black bass in most southern Missouri streams.

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Catch crappie and watch birds

    Crappie fishing is the simplest kind of fishing you can do, and it produces more fish per hour for the fisherman than anything else, unless you count fishing for sunfish. They aren’t hard to catch in the spring, because there are so many of them, and they are such an aggressive little fish. Fishermen who do not own a boat, and use the simplest, most economical fishing gear, can catch just as many crappie in the spring as anyone else.

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Conservation Department announces deer meetings

Hunters and other Missouri residents with an interest in white-tailed deer can express their opinions on management of the state’s deer herd at regional meetings in June and July.

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MDC to hold vehicle and equipment auction June 7 in Salem

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a public auction of various used vehicles and equipment on Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. at its Salem Maintenance Center located at the junction of HWY 72 and HWY 32 in Salem. The auction will feature nearly 200 items including dozens of boats, vehicles, and trailers, along with outboard motors, tractors, dozers, farm equipment, and more.

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