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August 2011

Agent Eric Abbott with flathead caught by illegal handfishing

Conservation agents thwart illegal catfish noodling

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Catfish noodling, or hand-fishing, is illegal due to potential harm to fisheries. The method also prompts junk to be tossed into public lakes.

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mountain lion photograph in Oregon County

Mountain lion photographed in Oregon County

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Widely scattered mountain lion sightings have been confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue.

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Prairie chicken hen

Weather gives endangered prairie chickens a nesting boost

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Dry weather and good nesting and feeding habitat brought surge in brood counts and number of chicks reaching self-reliant size.

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August 2011 Conservation Action

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Actions of the Missouri Conservation Commission at its August meeting.

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MDC fisheries biologists are gathering infomation to help manage blue catfish.

Blue catfish study enters second year

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Information gathered during the three-year study will help MDC design regulations that produce more big fish.

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MDC's Confluence Campout offers unique connection to Missouri’s big rivers

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Overnight event is being held once again at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake Sept. 24 and 25.

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MCHF Trout Stamp Print and Stamp

Foundation seeks contributions to upgrade trout park

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The goal is building a new viewing and fishing platform at Bennett Spring State Park by opening day of the 2012 fishing season.

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Image of a northern map turtle

Celebrating bugs and turtles in St. Joe

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Common creatures can possess uncommonly interesting traits, as two upcoming MDC programs will explore.

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Young boy with harvested dove.

MDC offers youth dove-hunting workshop in Livingston County

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Special dove hunt for youth 10-15 on Sept. 3 at Poosey CA in northwest Livingston County includes mandatory hunter-safety course on Sept. 2.

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Prune and replant carefully for storm damaged trees

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Be alert for non-professional tree-pruning offers and choose wisely for replacement trees.

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Bootheel Consortium Fishing Clinic

Free Bootheel fishing event attracts hundreds

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Families enjoy event sponsored by Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start, Fathers First Program and MDC.

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Bruce Cunningham, of Fordland, holding Missouri State-record striped bass

First-time striper angler sets state record

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Bruce Cunningham was hoping for a “nice” fishing trip. Thanks to Missouri’s world-class fishing, he got a bonus.

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