Outdoors

Get hooked on fishing with MDC Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7. 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. Free Fishing Days is an annual MDC event that takes place statewide during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.

Troop I to conduct special operations during Memorial Day holiday

Captain Eddie A. Blaylock, commanding officer of Troop I, announces special enforcement operations during the 2020 Memorial Day weekend.  The official counting period for this year’s holiday begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 22, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25.

Catch crappie and walleye deep at Stockton Lake

By Bill Cooper
    The big Sea-Ark boat sat in 35 feet of water on Stockton Lake north of Springfield. Damon Spurgeon and I fished eighth-ounce jigs tipped with an earthworm for walleye. My rod tipped bounced noticeably, atypical of a walleye bite. After applying pressure on the fish, it felt heavy.

Nature and today’s world

By Larry Dablemont
    There is no good or bad in nature. That is a hard thing for many to accept. When my daughters were little girls, I tried to explain nature to them, and yet, protect them from the harshness of it. We’d be on a trip somewhere, and one of my girls would notice a dead rabbit in the road.