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MDC says at least one case of chronic wasting disease found in northern counties

For the first time since the deadly disease was discovered in the state, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reported finding a case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) outside Linn and Macon counties.

This year’s deer harvest is ahead of 2013

Hunters checked 9,107 deer during the antlerless portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season, bringing this year’s tally to 194,997.

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Reelfoot Lake duck hunt brings back memories

In fog so thick you could barely see your hand in front of your face, Bill Blakely’s War Eagle boat raced through the thick stands of cypress trees covering Reelfoot Lake.

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Migrating bald eagles return to the Lake this month

For a chance to view bald eagles up close or learn more about the birds of prey be sure to attend the Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days, Jan. 3 and 4

Although it may come as a surprise to many, Missouri is one of the nation’s leading states where bald eagles live, nest and migrate to each fall.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Give the outdoors of Indiana as a special gift

Giving a gift feels nice, and so does receiving one, but do most of us really need more stuff? There’s a good chance the outdoorsman in your life, the one you say “already has everything,” actually does already have everything he needs.

Firearms opening weekend deer harvest tops 91,000

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reported hunters checked-in 91,460 deer during the opening weekend of the 2014 Firearms Deer Season Nov. 15-16.

2014 Conservation Kids Club kicks off four-part series Saturday

The 2014 Conservation Kids Club continues its “Fantastic Four” meetings Saturday, Nov. 22.

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It’s bird feeding time again

November brings winter weather and providing sustenance to our feathered friends

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is advising residents that even though bird feeding and/or watching is a $22 billion industry, in fact, you can enjoy the hobby for just pennies a day.

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Hunter contemplates desire for big bucks

As soon as I saw the buck’s massive antlers, adrenaline started coursing through my veins. I could actually feel my predatory instinct turning on and honing in. My vision narrowed.

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Find out Missouri's 2014-15 deer season forecast

When the firearms portion of deer season opens this Saturday, parts of Missouri will have more deer and a bumper crop of corn will affect hunting strategies. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) said decisions that hunters make in harvesting deer are among the most significant factors affecting deer numbers this year and in the future.

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Turkey hunting legends hosts incredible fall camp

Ray Eye must be part turkey. I don’t know how else to explain it. The man just flat out speaks their language. After over 50 years in the turkey woods, hundreds of birds under his belt and countless turkey calling championships won, “Uncle Ray,” has earned the title of living legend.

Young hunters checked-in 18,091 during Missouri’s early youth hunt

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that young hunters ages 6 through 15 checked in 18,091 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of deer hunting seasons on Nov. 1 and 2.

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Missouri Wild Elk: A legacy of our generation

Listening to a wild Missouri elk bugle for the first time was one of the most moving and inspiring moments I’ve ever experienced in the outdoors.

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Pumpkins: America’s favorite fall fruit

More than one billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the U.S. annually each year, with many as jack-o-lanterns during Halloween

While pumpkins are native to this country and were a favorite edible of Native Americans, the use of the large fruits as a Halloween decoration didn’t become popular until the Irish began immigrating to this country in the mid 1800s.

Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 is collecting deer hides for veterans

The Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705, located in Laurie, began collecting deer hides for veterans Sept. 27.