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Esteemed CFM Conservation Awards presented for 2013

Camdenton man wins one of the citizen conservationists

A group of Missouri citizen conservationists were awarded for their volunteer and professional efforts to improve and protect our natural resources at the recently held CFM Conservation Awards ceremony. Chosen from a select group of nominees, the award winners for 2013 represent the best of the best, according to a news release.

Osage Beach adult softball league sign-ups continue through April 30

The City of Osage Beach is sponsoring adult softball leagues for the spring season at Osage Beach City Park. Interested participants can sign-up through April 30.

Laurie softball, t-ball sign-ups open

Sign-ups for the Laurie men’s wood bat softball league and co-ed softball league are open now until April 18.

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The Ozarks desert animal: The nine-banded armadillo

Although the Ozarks is home to several unusual animal species, such as cavefish and pink salamanders, perhaps its most unusual species is one that it is fairly new to the region.

Archery tournament was a record-breaker

The sixth Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) tournament at Tan-Tar-A Resort March 28–29 turned into a record-fest in which the state record score fell and fell again, and again.

Fishing Tip & Lure: Crappie still biting, barometric pressure can play a factor

Bill Cassidy, Osage Beach Bait & Tackle owner and award-winning fisherman, said crappie are quite abundant right now, however, are not biting as frequently.

Driftwood Outdoors: Legislature considers changing captive deer classification

Legislation is currently working its way through the Missouri Senate (SB964) and House of Representatives (HB2031) to change the classification of captive cervids (deer) from "wildlife" to "livestock."

Rocky Mount fisherman wins FLW Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division event

Cory Steckler of Rocky Mount, Mo., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 4 ounces March 1 to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division tournament of 2014 on Lake of the Ozarks. For his victory, Steckler earned $3,889.

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Bash Trash with MDC and MoDOT’s Annual Trash Bash

Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash throughout the month of April.

Laurie 27-Acre Garage Sale taking vendor applications

The Laurie Hillbilly Fairgrounds 27-Acre Garage Sale is now accepting vendor applications for the May 3 event.

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Boy Scouts volunteer at state park

Units provide more than 1,020 service hours in one day

Work done March 29 by Boy Scout units during Scout Service Day at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park provide benefits for park personnel and those who use the area.

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Osage Beach City Park reopens in time for spring, summer activities

Parts of park still under repair; pond not refilled until 2015

After closing for about eight months following extensive flood damage, the Osage Beach City Park reopened April 1 for public use. However, additional needed repairs to parts of the 92-acre facility, including one baseball field and its popular pond, could not be completed until later this year or 2015.

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Most visited park in the state: Lake of the Ozarks State Park

For five-plus years, Lake of the Ozarks State Park has drawn more than 2 million visitors annually

Each year Missouri State Parks have an impact on the state’s economy in excess of $1 billion, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With Lake of the Ozarks State Park outdrawing all others by an almost 2-to-1 margin, it alone is responsible for a large percentage of that annual impact.

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Springtime means spoonbill season

Learn spoonbill tips, attend spoonbill tourneys near Warsaw on the Lake

It’s a sure sign spring can’t be too far off when the phone starts ringing for spoonbill lodging and guide reservation requests at the Old Oar House Inn (The House) located on mile marker 81 of the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Missouri deer breeders fear for the future

The Missouri Whitetail Breeders and Hunting Ranch Association sponsored what they deemed a Town Hall Meeting in Macon on Friday night to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and the future of their industry.

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