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Last updateTue, 02 Sep 2014 1pm

Outdoors

Where the fish are

I spent a day down at Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes last week, and I am astounded by how clear the water is.  Bull Shoals had a turquoise look to it that I have never seen before, but I believe you could see a quarter on the bottom in 25 feet of water.

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Have problem wildlife? MDC can help.

Most Missourians love wildlife — unless it gets a little too close to home. Need help keeping bats from roosting in the attic, deer from decimating the garden, Canada geese from greasing the lawn, raccoons from raiding trash cans, and other critter control? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers online, call-in, and — when necessary — in-person help with controlling unwanted wildlife.

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2014 dove, teal seasons set

Hunters of early-migrating gamebirds can mark their calendars now. The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved the following early migratory bird hunting seasons and limits:

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Informational meeting set at Onondaga Cave State Park July 5

The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Onondaga Cave State Park on July 5. The open house-style meeting will be held from 11 a.m-2 p.m. at the Visitors Center.

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Calling up barred owls

I have always been able to imitate a wide assortment of wild creatures, something I learned from my grandfather, who could just about duplicate the call of any bird or animal. I have called up a good number of wild turkeys by mouth. I never have really needed a turkey call.

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