The Missouri Department of Agriculture has lifted the suspension of waterfowl auctions, shows and swap meets in Missouri effective June 1, 2022. MDA suspended waterfowl activity in March to help prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). HPAI is known to be deadly for domesticated poultry.
The Cuba School Board is still undecided on whether it will continue the process of trying to get a $250,000 grant that would pay for half the costs of doing a major renovation on the baseball and softball fields. A final decision is expected in June.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days June 11 and 12. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.
By Bill Cooper
Redear sunfish, or shellcrackers as southern folks like to call them, are like bluegills on steroids. They are thick, beautifully colored sunfish and they grow big in Towell Lake, or Little Prairie Lake in Phelps County near Rolla.
By Larry Dablemont
I am going to write about wild turkey problems during the summer as I had promised, but an outdoor writer can’t skip over the fishing that gets so good this time of year. I went fishing at Norfork Lake last week and really bombed out. An outdoor writer is also prone to tell about the fishing trips that go very well and not write much about the times he makes a thousand casts and reels back empty hooks or lures. If you had been with me on Norfork last week you would have caught more fish than I did if you had only caught one.
April employment data was released by the state last week and there was a dramatic drop in unemployment in both Crawford and Phelps counties for the month. Historically, unemployment is at or near its lowest levels in both counties in more than 30 years.