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.
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.
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.
Early teal season set, outlook bright
The outlook is bright for Missouri’s early teal hunting season, but state officials say some hunters will need to make different arrangements than in years past to buy federal duck stamps.
Discover nature with MDC at State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 7-17
Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 7 – 17. Visit MDC's Conservation Building from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to see aquaria full of live fish and other aquatic wildlife, and displays of live native animals such as snakes and turtles. Have conservation questions answered by MDC staff, get free stuff, and have fun.
On fairness and fires out west
A newspaper editor told me that I made a big mistake in last week’s column. I wrote that there was an MDC news release about the man who was killed by a copperhead bite. I should have said “news story” instead of “news release.” I must therefore apologize for not being a better journalist.