Outdoors

Apply online for MDC spring managed turkey hunts starting Feb. 1

Missouri youth, archery, and firearms turkey hunters can apply online for 2019 spring turkey managed hunts Feb. 1 - 28 through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at mdc.mo.gov/springturkeyhunts. Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will be posted starting March 15.

Birthday trip to Michigan helped achieve ‘Steelhead Dreams’

    If you are a fly fisherman, you probably have a short list of species you’d like to catch (other than rainbow and brown trout). On many of those lists have to be bonefish, redfish, and permit in saltwater, and salmon, cutthroat trout, and steelhead in freshwater. I knocked redfish off my list last summer, but it was a steelhead trip to Michigan in December that was a highlight of 2018 for me.

MDC and MoDOT invite schools to fight litter through trashcan decorating contest

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invite Missouri public, private, and home-school students in grades K-8 to help fight litter in the Show-Me State -- and to have creative and educational fun -- by participating in the 2019 "Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free" trashcan-decorating contest. The annual contest is sponsored by MDC and MoDOT as part of the state's "No MOre Trash!" statewide litter campaign.

Catch a crappie, climb a mountain

    We just walked around on this big dock, dropping a small rubber jig here and there among the empty boat slips, hooking and landing some big crappie, from one spot and then another. It is easily the most comfortable winter crappie fishing I have ever seen, and the crappie are big. And then we had a big basket of fish and had to climb that mountain!