Outdoors

Nothing beats the flight of the mallards

By Larry Dablemont
    We were walking along a small Ozark stream, old Bolt and I. The aging Labrador still thinks he is a young dog, and if I shoot a duck, he’ll get it no matter where it falls. We are both a little sad, Bolt and I.

Successful recovery efforts prompt MDC to remove peregrine falcons from state endangered species list

    The Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval at its Jan. 22 open meeting to remove the peregrine falcon from the state’s endangered species list while keeping it a species of conservation concern. The vote came after a proposed status and regulation change from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Peregrine falcons were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999.

Expert fly fisherman probes the Meramec River

By Bill Cooper
    Former U.S. Fly Fishing Team member Mike Sexton fished the Meramec River for trout last weekend from the Highway 8 Access to Scott’s Ford. Damon Spurgeon, of Cardiac Mountain Outfitters, and Bill cooper, of Living the Dream Outdoors, accompanied Sexton on Saturday. Sexton guided a pair of fly fishermen on Sunday. Catches both days were phenomenal, far beyond what the average fly fisherman could hope to catch.

Learn how trout are raised in hatcheries at MDC virtual programs

Trout are a popular fish to catch in Missouri, but they’re not native to the Show-Me State. Many of the rainbow and brown trout found in Missouri streams and at trout parks began their lives in a Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) cold-water hatchery.

MDC proposes regulation changes for more uses of grass carp, common carp, including as live bait

The Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval at its Jan. 22 open meeting to proposed regulation changes from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) that would add to personal and commercial uses of grass carp and common carp.