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New Great Missouri Birding Trail website takes flight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages beginner and seasoned birders to discover nature by exploring the “best of the best” places to birdwatch around Missouri. Finding them is as easy as going online to the new website, Great Missouri Birding Trail, at www.greatmissouribirdingtrail.com.

Cape Fair angler catches state-record white bass

STONE COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports James Wright of Cape Fair became the most recent record-setting angler in Missouri when he hooked a white bass on Table Rock Lake on a trotline. The new “alternative method” record white bass caught by Wright on April 6 weighed 3-pounds, 4-ounces with a length of 18 3/4 inches. Wright was using shad for bait to try to catch catfish, but instead he caught a state-record white bass.

Young turkey hunters harvest 4,145 birds during youth weekend

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – According to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 4,145 birds during the 2016 spring youth season, April 9-10. Top harvest counties were Callaway and Franklin with 105 birds harvested in each, and Greene with 88 birds harvested. Gasconade, Osage, and Saint Clair each came in next with 84 birds harvested. Young hunters checked 4,441 turkeys during last year's youth weekend.

Reeds Spring fisherman takes state-record freshwater drum

REEDS SPRING, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Joshua Cole of Reeds Spring became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he shot a freshwater drum on Table Rock Lake using a bow and arrow. The new “alternative method” record drum taken by Cole on March 31 weighed 30-pounds, 15-ounces. It was 33 inches long and had a girth of 30 inches. He shot the fish around 10 p.m. about one mile from Point 10 on Table Rock Lake.

MDC: Welcome back hummingbirds!

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to discover nature this spring by learning about the ruby-throated hummingbird. Missourians will be seeing this delightful bird this time of year a lot more now due to migration. In an average year, ruby-throated hummingbirds arrive in Missouri around early to mid-April.

MDC encourages people to Be Bear Aware!

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As blossoms and buds emerge each spring, so do Missouri's estimated 350 native black bears. As they leave their winter dens this time of year, finding food is their main focus. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people to "Be Bear Aware" by not feeding bears and not providing potential sources of food.

Holts Summit angler catches state-record goldeye

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Brent Newton of Holts Summit became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a record goldeye on the Osage River using a rod and reel.

Goldeyes are a part of the mooneye family. They are silvery, flat-sided fishes with unusually large eyes and prominent teeth on the jaws, roof of the mouth, and tongue. Anglers often mistake the goldeye for the skipjack herring while fishing for bait.  

Hillsboro fisherman takes state-record black buffalo

HILLSBORO, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports thatTravis Cardona of Hillsboro became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he shot a giant black buffalo on a lake at Duck Creek Conservation Area using a bow and arrow. The new “alternative method” record black buffalo taken by Cardona on March 14 weighed 74 pounds. He shot the fish at 11 p.m. in one of his secret “honey holes.

Record setting 1,450 student archers competed at MoNASP state tournament

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The eighth annual Missouri Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) state tournament drew 1,450 students in grades 4-12 from 94 schools across the state. Winning teams and individuals, along with other teams and individuals who had qualifying scores, will go on to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament in Louisville, Ky., on May 12-14.

MDC offers TRIM grants for community tree care

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering cost-share grant money to help communities improve the care of their trees. These Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grants can help government agencies, public schools, and not-for-profit groups manage, improve, and conserve trees and forests on local public land.

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