Outdoors

Bass on a hot day

By Larry Dablemont
    We first fished together 50-some years ago, when we were teenagers in college. He was from the Current River country around Doniphan, and I had never been far from the Big Piney. Today Dennis Whiteside is becoming a very popular guide for those who want to float the rivers of the Ozarks to fish for smallmouth or just see the streams before they are only a shadow of what they were. I still guide a little on Ozark rivers too, but not nearly as often as he does.

Join MDC webcast July 1 to learn about attracting backyard wildlife

Interested in attracting birds, bees, and other wildlife to your backyard? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to join its free live Wild Webcast on Attracting Backyard Wildlife on Wednesday, July 1, at noon.

Explore a Missouri State Parks trail on National Trails Day June 6

Missouri State Parks invites the public to get outside and explore Missouri’s great natural and cultural resources on a Missouri State Parks trail this Saturday, June 6, for National Trails Day. Trail goers can experience more than 1,000 miles of trail at Missouri state parks and historic sites throughout the state.

Missouri State Parks reopens some visitor centers and offices

Beginning this week, Missouri State Parks, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, will open visitor centers, park offices and site offices on a limited basis. Programming will be limited, and social distancing and additional cleaning measures will be in place.

Redear sunfish are fun to catch and good to eat

By Bill Cooper
    Redear sunfish are a fish of the southeast. They often feed heavily on snails, thus the nickname shellcracker. However, they also are known by Georgia bream, cherry gill, chinquapin, improved bream, rouge ear sunfish, and sun perch. Often mistaken for bluegill, redears are distinguished by a red ear patch on the gill plate. The popular sunfish of the south are great fun to catch and delicious on the dinner plate.