Outdoors

MDC says hunters should see more young turkeys this spring

• The spring turkey hunting youth portion will be April 10 and 11 with the regular spring season running April 19 through May 9.

    Missouri turkey hunters can expect this spring season to be about as challenging as the past few spring seasons according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 10 and 11 followed by the regular spring season April 19 through May 9.

Hybrids strike like savages

By Larry Dablemont
    The first thing I need to tell folks with this column is that we aren’t going to be able to have our Grizzled Old Veteran’s swap meet in April, but we WILL have it this year, maybe in September. I will keep you informed.

Try flippin’ a Break’n Shad for big spring bass

By Bill Cooper
    The YUM BREAK’N SHAD is one of the most versatile plastic baits on the market today for all black bass species. Available in a dozen colors, this five-inch jerk-bait’s baitfish profile produces an erratic, darting action, which, when twitched mimics a dying baitfish like no other bait.

MDC encourages public to support hummingbirds during spring migration

Clean out those feeders and fill them with nectar – hummingbirds will soon arrive in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to learn more about these tiny fliers during their spring migration.

MDC and A.T Still University ask Missourians to send ticks for research study

Most people who have ventured through Missouri woods, fields, yards, and other outdoor environments have encountered ticks. These small, creepy crawlers climb on and cling to clothes and skin in search of a blood meal. Some tick species and the bacterial pathogens they carry can also cause illnesses in people.