Outdoors

Missouri State Parks enthusiasts can share the love with a December gift card special

Missouri State Parks enthusiasts can share their love for state parks and historic sites by taking advantage of the December gift card special. During the month of December, when purchasing a Missouri State Parks gift card valued at $75 or more, the purchaser will receive a free $25 gift card. Gift card sales prior to Dec. 1 are not eligible for the promotion.

MDC reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 187,967

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 187,967 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 13-23. Of the 187,967 deer harvested, 101,501 were antlered bucks, 16,435 were button bucks, and 70,031 were does.

Grouse are fun to hunt and great to eat

By Larry Dablemont
    If you don’t see one close up, I don’t know that you would describe the male ruffed grouse as a beautiful bird. They are a little bit drab.
    They are a bird of thick undergrowth in heavy forests. Before the time of intense logging of pines all through the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks about 150 years ago, they thrived throughout these timbered hills. But the ruffed grouse can’t live with people and agriculture.

Relieve Thanksgiving stress with some time in nature with MDC

    Find some relief from the holiday hustle-and-bustle by spending time in nature this Thanksgiving season with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Connect easily with the outdoors through free MDC programs, at MDC nature centers around the state, and nearly 1,000 conservation areas with outdoor recreation opportunities.

It turned out to be one of the greatest deer seasons ever

By Bill Cooper
    I have enjoyed countless deer seasons over the last 40 years in a variety of locations. I have hunted private properties, public properties, with guides and outfitters, enjoyed countless media camps with well-known outdoor writers, including Ray Eye, Doug Howlett, and Tony Kalna. Four years ago I found myself in a deer hunting camp with a famed country music star, of whom I was not a fan. The 2021 deer season, however, may well be the best deer season of my life.