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Last updateFri, 22 Aug 2014 3pm

Outdoors

First float trip

I took my grandsons on a float trip in search of hard fighting smallmouth bass, fishing a section of the Niangua River gained by private access where the canoe rental people do not operate, where we could have a little solitude and some good fishing. It was their first long distance float trip, and we had to wait for it to quit raining before we could start. Ryan is eleven years old and Alex is eight. Casting lures is not their strong point, so I knew we would have a difficult time catching the wary and elusive brown bass, and perhaps an even greater difficulty in landing them after we hooked them.

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MDC taking applications for new agent class

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications from July 21 through Aug. 18 for its next class of conservation agent trainees. Selected candidates will undergo 26 weeks of intense training in all facets of law enforcement and resource management.

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Deer management?

    For the Missouri Department of Conservation, it is easy to get a great deal of positive publicity, and radio stations carrying their ads talking about their “deer management” meetings around the state. I don’t know what that costs all of us who fund them through licenses and the sales tax they get from us. 

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Float the Mighty Mississippi with MDC Naturalists w/pic of river

    Although many Missourians enjoy the Mississippi River from the shore on a daily basis, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to ensure Missourians have a chance to experience the river by boat as well. To meet this need, the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host "Floatin' on the River" Aug. 15-16.

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Current River State Park to hold kayak clinics

Current River State Park will be hosting a series of free kayak clinics during the months of July and August. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the clinics will be held on Fridays from 10 a.m.to noon and will be taught on the park’s lower lake. The first clinic will be held on July 18 and the last clinic on August 15.

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