Outdoors

Learn benefits of native warm-season grasses for grazing with MDC Feb. 18

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites landowners and land managers interested in the benefits of establishing native warm-season grasses for livestock grazing to join its online program, Benefits of Native Warm Season Grasses, on Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. The program is a partner project of MDC, MFA, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Remembering a chipmunk from long ago

By Larry Dablemont
    When a twelve-year-old boy becomes a hunter he gets to where he longs to shoot something! When I was 12, I started tying my single-shot16-gauge Iver Johnson shotgun to the handlebars of my bicycle, stuffing my pocket with a half-dozen shells, and peddling down some gravel road to a patch of woods near the river, where my only goal in life became the collecting of two or three squirrels to bring home for supper.

Excitement builds for outdoor adventure in 2021

By Bill Cooper
    The greatest excitement about the outdoors in 2020, for me personally, centered around the cancellation of numerous media trips, which I had been scheduled attend. COVID became the eminent killer of outdoor media trips for me and dozens of other outdoor writers. However, 2021 is shaping up to be a better year for outdoor communicators.

MDC reports final deer harvest for season more than 296,500

Missouri's 2020-2021 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total deer harvest for the season of 296,516. Of the deer harvested, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks, and 127,461 were does.

Brown trout hatching project appears successful

    On December 12, members of the Gateway Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GTU) placed brown trout eggs in Vibert egg boxes in Dry Creek and the Westover Spring branch southeast of Steelville in an experiment that could ultimately lead to an improved brown trout fishery in the Meramec River. This past weekend, members returned to Westover Farms to find that many of the eggs had hatched.