Outdoors

MDC offers free virtual training in conducting butterfly surveys May 15

If you enjoy watching butterflies, you may also enjoy contributing to scientific knowledge about them. The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a free virtual training session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, on how to participate in the Missouri Butterfly Monitoring Network.

MDC reminds hunters and anglers squirrel and black bass seasons open May 22

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to discover nature this summer by squirrel hunting and black bass fishing. Both seasons open Saturday, May 22.

Updated MDC website gives users new look and easier navigation

The Missouri Department of Conservations (MDC) announces it has updated its website to offer a new look and better navigation for site users. According to MDC, the majority of web content will remain where it was while other content has been moved to better fit where visitors expect to find it.

Get hooked with MDC Free Fishing Days June 12 and 13

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days June 12 and 13. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.

An enticing skirt, a deadly blade

By Larry Dablemont
    It was two o’clock in the afternoon before we got to the lake, and it was up a few feet, as I expected it to be. The water was a little murky, but there was still a foot or so of visibility in it. That’s about perfect for a big spinner-bait. If you fish small spinners and light line, clear water is fine, but if you are after a brawling, broad-sided bass, and the spinner blade is about the size of a spoon you use to serve mashed potatoes with, a little bit of murkiness in the water is fine.