Last updateTue, 22 Jul 2014 6pm


Outdoor adventures await in Missouri State Parks

With summer around the corner, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature in Missouri’s state parks and historic sites.  Spending a night under the stars, hitting the trails and enjoying a day on the water are all options for guests enjoying Missouri State Parks. 

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Informational meeting at Meramec State Park May 25

The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Meramec State Park near Sullivan on Sunday, May 25. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Visitor Center.


Ornithologizing and such

    People who are certified bird watchers keep lists of all the birds they have seen in their life. They wear short pants and funny looking hats and use names like Coccyzus Americanus and Mimus Polyglottos. The first is a rain crow, or yellow-billed cuckoo, and the latter is a mockingbird. 

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Squirrel, black-bass seasons open May 24

Memorial Day is an even bigger deal for hunters and anglers than it is for other Missourians. That is the weekend when squirrel season opens and anglers can keep legal-sized black bass in most southern Missouri streams.

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Catch crappie and watch birds

    Crappie fishing is the simplest kind of fishing you can do, and it produces more fish per hour for the fisherman than anything else, unless you count fishing for sunfish. They aren’t hard to catch in the spring, because there are so many of them, and they are such an aggressive little fish. Fishermen who do not own a boat, and use the simplest, most economical fishing gear, can catch just as many crappie in the spring as anyone else.

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Conservation Department announces deer meetings

Hunters and other Missouri residents with an interest in white-tailed deer can express their opinions on management of the state’s deer herd at regional meetings in June and July.

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