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Outdoors

House-passed bill nullifying federal gun laws debated during Senate committee hearing

JEFFERSON CITY - With only weeks left in the legislative session, senators considered a House-passed bill that would nullify any federal attempt to limit gun ownership in Missouri.

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Lawmakers urged to prohibit regulation on wood burning heaters

JEFFERSON CITY - The Department of Natural Resources would be prohibited from regulating wood burning heaters and appliances under a proposed measure.

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Prairie chicken release bolsters iconic native

Forty-five greater prairie chickens were trapped in Nebraska in recent weeks and released at The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Dunn Range Prairie in northwest Missouri. The release will bolster small flocks of prairie chickens within the Grand River Grasslands, which includes Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Pawnee Prairie. This is the second year of a three-year, bi-state program with Iowa to help an endangered and once-common species rebound in the two states.

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Youth turkey season harvest tops 4,000

Young hunters checked 4,332 turkeys during Missouri’s youth turkey hunting season April 12 and 13, topping the 4,000 mark for the second time in the youth season’s 14-year history.

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Catching 10 pounders every spring

    I caught another 10-pound fish this week, on ultra-lite gear with four-pound line. I do it about every year, while fishing for white bass on a small tributary where they like to come to spawn. Caught one last year and another the year before. I wish I could say they were 10-pound walleye, but they weren’t. They were carp! Every carp I catch during the spring is hooked in the body somehow. Wish I could hook a 10-pound walleye just once. It is a fact though that gold and silver is more rare than sandstone and limestone. And almost everything you want to catch is rarer than a carp!

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