Last updateWed, 26 Nov 2014 9am


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!

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Maramec hosting Derby Day

    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.   

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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.

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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.

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Conservation Commission takes action to protect deer in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Conservation Commission unanimously voted to approve proposed amendments to regulations regarding the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold white-tailed deer, mule deer, their hybrids, and other members of the deer family, known as cervids, to prevent the spread of diseases, including chronic wasting disease, to the state's deer herd.

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