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Outdoors

Racers can hit the trails with the Missouri State Parks Racing Series

Missouri State Parks is unveiling its inaugural season of the “Missouri State Parks Racing Series” this fall. Trail races of various types and distances of will take place at Finger Lakes, Johnson Shut-Ins, Stockton and Katy Trail state parks.

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You can help clean up the Meramec River on August 23-24

    This month, The Open Space Council will once again organize thousands of volunteers to restore the Meramec River Basin for its annual Operation Clean Stream project. This yearly event remains one of the largest and longest ongoing of its kind in America. Last year, over 2,000 area volunteers offered their time and labor in an ongoing effort to rid over 500 miles of the Meramec River and its four tributaries of trash and debris.

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It’s time to go fishing in the dark

    In August and early September I have enjoyed some of the best top-water fishing I can recall, with nothing more than a casting reel, my old johnboat and an old-fashioned jitterbug lure…and a headlamp. It puzzles me that when I am fishing during the daytime, that jitterbug, first made seven decades ago by the Arbogast Lure Company, doesn’t seem to get much attention from bass.  I use another old reliable Arbogast lure, the hula popper, during daylight hours and catch bass on it.  But it has an entirely different action than that you get from a jitterbug.

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Refuge at Peck Ranch Conservation Area to reopen

A little more than a month after flood damage forced a temporary closure, the refuge portion of the Peck Ranch Conservation Area is set to reopen to the public on August 15.

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Enjoying a family outing on Sister Creek

    I am writing this column from a place on Bull Shoals Lake known as Sister Creek. Yesterday evening, after a thundershower, as the sun sank away and a mist rose from the hollows to the west, I sat on a high ridge, watching the lake below, calm and peaceful, without a motorboat in sight. And letting my imagination go, I could see in the distance, an old wooden johnboat.

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