Outdoors

MDC proposes changes to nonresident permits

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing price increases for some nonresident hunting and fishing permits. According to MDC, permit prices have not been raised in over a decade and adjustments are needed to help keep up with increasing costs of providing conservation work and services around the state.

2019 Katy Trail Ride canceled due to Missouri River flooding

Due to the recent widespread flooding along the Missouri River over the past month, Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Park Foundation are canceling the 2019 Katy Trail Ride set for next month.

Missouri’s squirrel season has officially arrived

    Squirrels remain the most sought after small game animal in Missouri. Such has been the case for decades. An underutilized resource, squirrels are abundant, especially in the heavily forested areas of the Ozarks. The annual season opened on the Saturday before Memorial Day.

MDC proposes raising trout permits and daily tags starting in 2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing increases to the prices of its annual trout permits and daily trout tags starting in 2020. According to MDC, the increases are needed to better cover its costs of running five trout hatcheries that raise and release more than 1.7 million trout each year for public fishing.

Fishing, even when there is too much water

    Someone asked me if I was less concerned now about water problems in the Ozarks, since we apparently have no shortage to worry about, but the overall situation has not changed. The Ozarks will, once again late this summer, have creeks and rivers as dry as they have ever been. It will still be that small streams I swam in and fished in as a boy will have no water, and the larger streams that do will be full of slime and algae, coating the substrate.