MDC encourages sending butternut tree seeds to state nursery
Now is a great time to send butternut tree seeds to the state nursery, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Ed Hovis, a MDC forestry resource technician, said butternut trees are somewhat rare in our area and they desperately need help. This is why he takes time on and off the job to find and collect butternut tree seeds and send them to the George O. White State Nursery.
Too soon old, too late smart!
Two weeks ago I had a birthday and someone who came by to eat some of my birthday cake reminded me how old I was. My gosh, I can’t hardly believe it. I was only complaining about turning 40 just awhile back, it seems. I started writing about being a grizzled old veteran outdoorsman back then just for a lark, and now I really am one!
Maramec Spring Park will host Fall Derby Day this Saturday, October 25. The Missouri Department of Conservation will be stocking 30 lunkers, along with regular fish for the event.
Deer drive nets biggest buck
Deer drives are as old as deer hunting itself. I had never experienced a deer drive, but participated in one a few years back, which produced my largest buck to date. We had been invited to a media deer hunt hosted by outdoor icon Ray Eye. The hunt took place in deer rich northeast Missouri with Kevin Small of KT’s Trophy Hunts. He has 6,000 acres of prime deer hunting properties leased.
Get aholt of a good camera
I got aholt of a cheap little camera when I was in college at School of the Ozarks, and took photos of our hunting and fishing exploits with it. “Aholt of” is a term the old timers in the pool hall used to describe coming across something valuable or useful, strictly by luck.
Risk of encountering stinging caterpillars in Missouri is minimal
The Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has received several inquiries about stinging, or venomous, caterpillars, as a result of high populations of the puss caterpillar in more southern states. Because the occurrence of stinging caterpillars is so rare in Missouri, local naturalists reached out to MDC Forest Entomologist Rob Lawrence for information on the possibility of stinging caterpillars in the local area.