Remembering a fantastic 1961 float trip

By Larry Dablemont
    What were you doing the first weekend of October, 60 years ago? I remember that weekend well. I was only a few days away from turning 13, and I had purchased a guide’s license at the courthouse for a dollar. But with Dad’s old wooden johnboat and grandpa’s hand-made sassafras paddle, I could take folks on a fishing trip down the Big Piney River and haul in 50 cents an hour.

Catching big catfish on the fly can be a challenge

By Bill Cooper
    My father regularly caught catfish on spinnerbaits when I was a child. The feat proved a bit unusual and I didn’t know of anyone else doing so at the time. Over the years I adapted my father’s techniques to the fly rod and still enjoy catching catfish on my fly rods today.

Need money, don’t cut that walnut tree, sell the walnuts

By Larry Dablemont
    I always figure the yellow leaves on the walnut trees tell me a lot about the upcoming fall. This year that yellowing foliage on the walnuts here on Lightnin’ Ridge is really late. Could be that is because we had so much rain in the middle of summer, but it has been very dry here since late August.

The autumn hunting season has finally arrived

By Bill Cooper
    September first ushered in dove season in Missouri. It’s the start of a menagerie of seasons that start this month. Teal season opens September 11, followed by archery season and gigging season September 15. October 1 beings fall turkey season. Deer and duck seasons follow in November.

MDC, Missouri Community Forestry Council announce Award of Excellence winners

    For more than 30 years, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Community Forestry Council (MCFC) have honored Missourians for making significant and long-lasting efforts to care for trees in their communities.