Outdoors

MDC virtual program on March 30 will provide update on Trans Ozark Trail System project

• When complete, this trail will stretch from St. Louis to northern Arkansas.
The Ozarks Trail is a nearly 400-mile hiking trail that winds through the Missouri Ozarks. The Ozarks Highlands Trail is a 218-mile trail in northern Arkansas. When these two trails get connected, it will form a 700-mile trail of hiking delight that will showcase the beauty of the Ozarks.

‘I Ain’t Never Seen Nothin’ Like It!’

By Larry Dablemont
    “ I ain’t never seen nothin’ like this,” I heard one old timer say when it was raining for so many days last week. I have said the exact same thing several times the last couple of years or so. You have to start getting some age on you to say that effectively. I never, ever said that when I was 25 or 30 years old. When I was that age, about everything that happened was a fairly new experience. But now that I am older, I remember seeing a lot of things happen related to the weather and nature which causes me to say, “I ain’t never seen anything like this.”

MDC and TNC offer free virtual prairie-chicken webinar April 9

Greater prairie-chickens are links to Missouri’s once vast native grasslands, and though state endangered, they still dance and “boom” on Harrison County hilltops thanks to conservation partnerships. The males’ noble struts and stomps on hilltop leks to attract hens for mating will be offered via an online webcam this spring.

Big Mamma Crappie Tournament benefits Camp Looking Glass

By Bill Cooper
    The grounds of Southern Star RV and Cabins near Chatham, Mississippi took on the aura of an emerging circus arena at daylight on March 6, 2021as the Big Mamma Crappie/Bass Tournament began to come to life. Bright red and blue lights flashed on the roof of a Washington County deputy's vehicle, as dozens of others driven by sponsors, vendors, anglers, guides and the general public converged on Lake Washington, a premier crappie fishing lake north of Vicksburg.