Outdoors

A special place to remember a better time

By Larry Dablemont
    What I would like to leave behind me when I am gone and forgotten, originated in a dream from 30 years ago. That is when I began to think about a special museum somewhere between Cabool, Houston, and Licking along highway 17 concerning the old time Ozarks and old days Ozarkians, and my beloved Big Piney River, where I spent so much of my boyhood exploring the length of it.

Learn maple sugaring at MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation with multiple programs in February

    What makes winter so special for maple lovers?  For about six weeks, from mid-January to the end of February, nature cooks up its own sweet delights within sugar maple trees as the sap begins to flow, ready to be tapped for making sugar and syrup.  Anyone can learn skills to collect, boil down and, create their own maple syrup or sugar from trees they may have in their own backyards.

Kansas City National Fishing Expo was a success

By Bill Cooper
    There is no off season for fishing, but it does slow down for some folks during cold weather. Many like to learn more about their sport during this time and the KC National Fishing Expo provided a grand opportunity to do so January 14-16.    

Apply online during February for MDC spring managed turkey hunts

Missouri turkey hunters can apply online during February for 2022 spring turkey managed hunts through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey/turkey-spring-managed-hunts. Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will be posted starting March 15.

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range holds pheasant hunts for beginning hunters in February

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is creating an opportunity for newcomers to discover upland gamebird hunting.  The staff at MDC’s August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is hosting two mentored Beginning Pheasant Hunts in February. One is geared for adults age 16 and up, and the other for youths age 11-15.  They will each be preceded by a mandatory Upland Bird Hunting clinic to help lay the groundwork.