Outdoors

MDC offering Prescribed Fire Workshops in Rolla, St. Robert

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be offering two Prescribed Fire Workshops for Landowners in the area. The courses will be January 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eugene Northern Community Center in Rolla, and February 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center, in St. Robert.

Going gigging for a good cause

    Two dozen hearty souls gathered on the Meramec River last week for an evening of sucker gigging. The old, the young, the great giggers, and those not so skilled tackled the 30 degree temperatures, and less than favorable conditions, to gig fish for the Meramec Baptist Association's Men and Boys Wild Game Dinner.

I have a secret place in the woods

    My secret place is quiet and serene, and beautiful even in the starkness of full-blown winter. There are no roads into it; I get there by boat. There are grey skies and the waves are white capping in places out on the lake, so it will be a rough ride when I leave here. But with my camera and pack, I head up into familiar hills.

MDC test results reveal more deer with deadly CWD

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports 28 more deer from 11 Missouri counties have been found to have chronic wasting disease (CWD). This brings the number of cases of the deadly deer disease in Missouri to 103 since 2012.

Deer was most likely a pet, not sick

    Common sense isn’t used much anymore. I was recently involved in something of a comedy that could have used a little common sense. It happened just after the gun deer season closed. A farmer from Halfway, Mo., by the name of Larry McCarthy called me to say that there was a big buck in his field wandering around and he was afraid he might be sick, perhaps with the dreaded CWD he had heard so much about.