Last updateFri, 19 Dec 2014 3pm


I knew he was there

    A brilliant quarter moon and the North Star hung directly overhead as I climbed into my ladder stand or the opening day of the 2014 rifle deer season in Missouri. The cold air stung my earlobes as I settled in for the morning.

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The buck that ran away

    I missed the son-of-a-buck. I can’t figure out how, but it wasn’t my fault. It was dark because of the snow clouds, and he was behind me and he was walking in some brush and I wasn’t at all accustomed to the rifle I was using. So, he’s out there somewhere and I have to keep on hunting all this week. Well something good comes from every bad situation, if you look for it, but really I think I’d druther be hunting ducks this week. 

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Eagles Days events planned throughout the state

From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle-viewing on your own.

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Youth area hunter takes first duck

    Ten-year-old Lance Ybarra, of St. James, killed his first duck early last Saturday morning. That event would never make the newspapers, if I were not sitting here pounding on the keys. The harvest proved to be a big event for young Lance.

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Brown trout and bad leaves

    If you like to catch trout, the White River below Bull Shoals dam is a great place to fish in November because as it gets cold, the fishermen are far fewer. The winter spawning season is drawing near and both rainbow and brown trout are hungrier because of it. And there’s an abundance of rooms available if you want to fish several days.

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