Outdoors

How war effects wildlife: Results are stunning

    The hot, humid weather of South Vietnam had me sweating profusely. Fairly new in country, I had not quite become acclimatized to the extreme weather conditions. Lulled into a temporary stupor by the heat and the incessant “whomp, whomp, whomp,” of Huey helicopter blades, I returned to full alert when I felt the chopper drop altitude quickly and heard the M 134 Magnum (mini-gun) begin firing. My M-16A1 instinctively hit my shoulder before my eyes opened. I was ready to return fire.

MDC announces initial plan for Missouri elk hunting

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shared its initial plan for a limited elk-hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Commission at the Commission’s public meeting June 28 at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City. The Commission gave its initial approval of the proposed plan, and MDC is asking for public comments.

MDC encourages anglers to add color to their catches at trout parks

Fishing feeling a bit drab? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages anglers to add some color to their catches by getting hooked on rainbow trout at one of the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Maramec Spring Park near St. James, Montauk State Park near Licking, or Roaring River State Park near Cassville.

Onondaga Cave State Park to host Cave Conservation Corps Day Camp July 9-11

Children ages 8-15 can spend three days with park naturalists learning about caves at Onondaga Cave State Park on July 9-11. Participants will learn about cave geology, cave ecosystems, cave biology, the cave food chain and cave preservation.

Try pulling cranks for Stockton Lake crappie

    Highly unusual weather patterns this spring have forced fishermen to adapt to some rather unusual fishing techniques around the Ozarks. While some have hung up their rods in frustration, others remain persistent and accept the challenge of figuring out how to adapt their fishing techniques to continue to catch fish.