The Lake Today Recreation


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Scout units participate in winter ‘Klondike’ event at Lake

Organizers of the Five Rivers District’s Klondike, a winter camping event Jan. 17 at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation, hoped snow would blanket the ground for the three-day Boy Scout program.

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Driftwood Outdoors: There is still time to tag a late season deer

Missouri’s late archery season remains open until Jan. 15. There is still time to add meat to your freezer, or to tag that wall-hanger you had your heart set on back in October.

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The Lake’s other large bird of prey

By far the most prolific bird of prey in the Lake Area, vultures hold an important role in keeping the eco-system in balance

If you live anywhere in the Lake Area you are familiar with turkey vultures. The large birds, with the small, red, naked head, are far and away the most prolific birds of prey in mid-Missouri.

Pesticide applicator training scheduled for Jan. 22 in Camdenton

Farmers and ranchers who use restricted use pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products.

MDC sets 2015 deer and turkey seasons

At its regular meeting earlier this month in Jefferson City, the Missouri Conservation Commission set the dates for the 2015 firearms turkey and deer hunting seasons.

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MDC, MoDOT to hold annual No Mo Trash contest

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invite Missouri public, private, and home-school students in grades kindergarten through eighth to help fight litter in the Show-Me State — and to have creative and educational fun — by participating in the 2015 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest.

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Driftwood Outdoors: The love of a pup heals old wound

Losing Junior tore a hole in my heart. He was a 4-year old black lab in the prime of his life, and he was a duck hunting machine.

MDC offers MoNASP archery instructor training workshop in Versailles

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding a Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training workshop for teachers and parent volunteers interested in joining Missouri’s National Archery in the Schools program (MoNASP) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at Morgan County Middle School, located at 913 West Newton in Versailles.

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Flying deer in the Ozarks

While they may not be native to the region, for at least one night annually reindeer are as likely to be seen in the Ozarks as anywhere else on earth.While the white tailed deer that are native to the Ozarks may not have the power to fly, if you keep a close watch tonight you just might get a glimpse of a few of their cousins streaking across the sky.

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Conservation community prepares to defend MDC funding

Before the 2015 Missouri Legislative Session could even begin, bills were pre-filed to repeal the conservation sales tax and to eliminate fees for fishing, hunting and trapping permits. If this incredulous proposed legislation were to become law, conservation as we know it in Missouri would cease to exist.

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The history of Santa’s reindeer

If the legend of Santa Claus is based on lore about the life of St. Nicholas of Myra, one can’t help but wonder when that legend was expanded to include Santa’s sleigh being pulled by eight flying reindeer.

Enroll now for 2015 Master Naturalist training program

Help protect Camden and surrounding counties natural resources by becoming a Missouri Master Naturalist.

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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.