Conservation Commission approves MDC bear-hunting framework

The Missouri Conservation Commission recently gave final approval to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the state’s first black bear hunting season framework. The Commission finalized the hunting season framework and related regulations at its Dec. 11 open meeting in Jefferson City. The approved framework limits any future bear hunting to areas of southern Missouri and restricts bear hunting to Missouri residents only.

Missouri State Parks hosts First Day Hikes Challenge Dec. 30 through Jan. 3

Celebrate the beginning of 2021 by taking the First Day Hikes Challenge at a Missouri state park or historic site from Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 to Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. This is a great way for Missourians to spend the holiday weekend, start a new tradition, take advantage of physical exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.

Enjoy a fishing trip to northern Arkansas

By Larry Dablemont
    A couple of years ago Bull Shoals was at the highest lake level ever seen. As a result they released water in record amounts into the White River below the dam. That summer I fished with a friend and river-guide Jerry McCoy in the first mile of the White, the section that is a “catch and release” area.

Tracking program helps migratory bird research

    Last year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) joined the Motus Wildlife Tracking System – an international network of receiver stations tracking the large-scale movements of birds, bats, and large insects. Through the Motus program, researchers across the western hemisphere can improve their understanding of migrant species that pass through or breed in Missouri. During 2020 fall migration, Motus receivers in Missouri detected 19 Motus-tagged birds, most of which were originally tagged by researchers in Montana.

Fly fishing gear makes great Christmas gifts

By Bill Cooper
    Every fisherman has heard the old story about the not so wise angler that bought his wife a new fishing rod for Christmas, only to commandeer it to use for himself. Wiser fly fishermen of today have multiple options to buy quality fly gear themselves and their wife.