Outdoors

Memories of some long-ago gobblers

By Larry Dablemont
    I likely won’t kill a gobbler this year because I don’t like seeing the declining wild turkey numbers throughout the Ozarks. So while I probably will not shoot any of them this year with my shotgun, I will call some up that I can shoot with my camera. I have killed so many over the years in three states, that I just don’t care about killing any more. There are enough great memories.

Crazy hunting tactics attract the whackiest gobblers

By Bill Cooper
    Every turkey hunter who has spent much time in the woods has had those days when absolutely nothing worked to coax a gobbler to within gun range. I, too, have experienced those frustrating days when it seemed the turkey gods were against me. However, numerous times over the years I have tried some wild, weird and whacky tactics, some of which were absolutely goofy, to successfully coax gobblers to their demise. I’m not suggesting that these tactics are for everyone, but they do make for a good story.

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?