Have a large evergreen that needs removed? Donate it to MDC for governor’s mansion Christmas tree

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is conducting its annual search for a large Christmas tree for use on the governor's mansion lawn in Jefferson City. MDC is asking landowners, homeowners, businesses, and communities that may have possible candidate trees to contact the Department.

White bass on top means fast, hot-weather action

By Bill Cooper
    White bass, sand bass, or silver bass are an open water migratory fish that often travel in massive schools in Missouri’s reservoirs. Anglers look forward to the annual spring runs up rivers and creeks when limits of the scrappy fish can often be caught in mere minutes. Summer and fall provide superb white bass fishing as well, when huge schools begin to chase shad on the surface. Fishing for them is often fast, furious, and pure fun.

MDC reminds hunters and others of new CWD regulations for cervid carcasses 

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters, meat processors, taxidermists, and others of new regulations now in effect regarding transporting deer, elk, and other cervid carcasses into Missouri and within the state, and of new regulations on cervid-carcass-disposal requirements for meat processors and taxidermists.

MDC offers a number of hunter education opportunities in upcoming months

The calendar may still say “summer,” but many people are starting to prepare for this fall’s hunting seasons. If taking hunter education is one of the things you need to do to enjoy firearms hunting opportunities this year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has several options available.

Soft-shell turtles are an odd river creature

By Larry Dablemont
    I volunteered to fry fish for those who come to a class reunion at Houston, Mo., in mid-September, so this past week my daughter and I took the old johnboat down to the river not far from Lightnin’ Ridge and set a short trotline. We baited about 20 hooks with green sunfish Christy caught from my pond. We only caught a couple of catfish, but we hooked a huge soft-shell turtle that we initially thought was dead. He was likely 10 or 12 pounds, with a carapace (shell) about 18 to 20 inches in length.