Huzzah hike offers exploration and education

By Bill Cooper
            Hiking is an enjoyable outdoor recreation activity for many reasons including, exercise, fresh air, fun, sharing time with friends and nature study. On a recent hike I took with seven-year-old Abel Decker having fun was at the top of his list, but we managed to explore some interesting geological formations and I dropped in a few causal educational pointers along the way.

MDC offers free virtual class on firearm cleaning and storage

Firearms used for hunting and target shooting need care and maintenance to work properly year after year. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free virtual Firearms Basic Care and Cleaning class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. This class will cover cleaning techniques and safe storage of rifles and shotguns. Handguns will not be covered in the class.

Roaring River and Montauk state parks release campsites

Missouri State Parks announces campsites previously on hold at Montauk State Park and Roaring River State Park will be released for guests to reserve in March and April.

MDC seeks public comment on photography and videography permits

Many of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) more than 1,000 conservation areas and natural areas around the state are popular sites for photographers and videographers of all levels. The areas are often ideal locations to capture images and video of area wildlife and local landscapes, to photograph or film people enjoying outdoor activities, to take family and other group photos or video, and more.

Apply online during February for MDC spring managed turkey hunts

Missouri turkey hunters can apply online during February for 2023 spring turkey managed hunts through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey/turkey-spring-managed-hunts.