A boatful of memories

By Larry Dablemont
    Somewhere out there, there is someone who owns a boat I am looking for. The history of that boat is something that goes back to my grandfather more than 100 years ago. He and his brother built his first wooden johnboat when they were kids living on the river before World War One. Grandpa became a riverman who built and sold wooden johnboats in years to come, living his life as a riverman on the Big Piney, raising sons who guided fishermen in them.

Need hunter education? MDC offers options

With hunting seasons coming up for deer, turkey, migratory birds, waterfowl, and other game, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missouri hunters who need hunter education to get it early.

Missouri State Parks hosts Learn2 Aim archery and atlatl instruction

Missouri State Parks invites the public to begin their archer journey by attending a hands-on instruction at Graham Cave and Knob Noster state parks. This program is for those who want to take a step back in time to learn new skills with joint instruction on the basics of archery and atlatl throwing. The program is free and available to ages 10 and up.

Staycations boosting the economy

By Bill Cooper
    The outdoor economy is not having the pandemic problems that are plaguing other industries. Airlines, car rentals, hotels and restaurants are hurting, while outdoor businesses such as campgrounds, canoe rentals, marinas, motor homes sales, campers , boats, UTVs, firearms, and even paddle board sales are booming.

Big bullfrogs and bright lights

By Larry Dablemont
    I remember catching frogs from the river when I was only about 13 or 14 years old. We used carbide headlamps like miners used, with polished globes. My goodness, there are lights today that bullfrogs in the past would not believe. And that’s what you have to have to catch a bullfrog by hand.