Outdoors

MDC urges public to “bee-friend” native pollinators

Spring and summer months bring both the buzz of lawnmowers and bees. These fuzzy flyers are important pollinators, playing a crucial role in the production of many favorite fruits and vegetables. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to “bee-friend” these valuable native pollinators.

MDC encourages public to leave wildlife wild this spring

As you head outdoors this season to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather, you may encounter a variety of newborn animals. Young wildlife can pull on our heartstrings as they appear to be abandoned, but that’s usually not the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds the public that interfering with wildlife can do more harm than good.

New handgun shooters—Join MDC for virtual Beginning Handgun class April 19

When pistols and handguns come to mind, many people think of self-defense and home protection. But did you know that handguns are also a valid hunting method for several species, such as rabbits, squirrels, bullfrogs, deer and coyotes?

Goggle-eye love night crawlers

By Larry Dablemont
    One of the ways I made money as a boy on the Big Piney was digging and selling night crawlers. Those were earthworms that averaged from eight- to 12-inches long as big around as a pencil. I got three cents apiece for them but provided them free to the clients I took on float trips. With a good potato fork in specific spots in the bottoms, you could dig a hundred or so in about 30 minutes.

Mill Creek remains a favorite wild trout stream

By Bill Cooper
    Toss your favorite fly at a map of southern Missouri and you will most likely strike a cold, clearwater, spring-fed Ozark stream. The rough, rugged region known as the Ozark highlands is laced with a myriad of streams which serve as homes to brilliantly colored rainbow trout.