Outdoors

Here’s an old-timers tall tale about a big walleye

By Larry Dablemont
    Back in the ‘70s, when I was working as an outdoor columnist for the Arkansas Democrat, I became involved in the Greer’s Ferry Walleye Tournament, which took place in late February and March. They offered a million dollar prize to anyone who could catch a world record walleye. I got to know some great people up there, good fishermen and honest enough to do it right.

Conservation Federation hosted media event of a lifetime

By Bill Cooper
    The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) recently hosted 18 outdoor communicators from across the state of Missouri at their 2020 Media Camp held at Lilleys’ Landing on Lake Taneycomo near Branson. CFM is “The Voice of the Missouri Outdoors” and utilizes communicators across the state to spread the conservation message to as many citizens as possible.

Feral Hogs in Missouri: Illegal release and transport has driven up damage over decades

The increased feral hog elimination efforts by the Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership (the Partnership) underway on public and private land in southeast and south-central Missouri is the latest chapter in Missouri’s long fight to defend the state against the nuisance animals. Ongoing winter operations mirror the adapted philosophy that’s also taking place elsewhere in the U.S. as an increasing number of states realize hunting is an inefficient method of eliminating a creature neither farmers nor recreational enthusiasts want on the landscape.

Swee takes over at Maramec Spring Park

    Wes Swee has taken over in his new position as the regional manager of The James Foundation in January and is now in charge of Maramec Spring Park. Swee was named assistant regional manager last year and served under Mark Benton, who retired in December.

Making new memories with an old Labrador

By Larry Dablemont
    It’s a sad time…duck season has ended. I can switch to something else quickly if the weather stays nice enough to make the walleye begin to move earlier. But the past week was one of great enjoyment to me as my old Labrador and I walked miles of river, jump shooting mallards and gadwalls from backwaters and sloughs. Old Bolt is going to be 10 years old this spring and he can barely see out of one eye. But he got to retrieve several ducks in the past three or four days of the season.