St. James youth hired by Outside Again Adventures

By Bill Cooper
    Eleven-year-old Peyton Shockley, a sixth grader at St. James Middle School, has been hired by Outside Again Adventures to test bass fishing lures. Peyton is an accomplished fisherman with years of fishing experience under his belt. He made his first on-the-job fishing trip with me December 8 to an area lake.

Nothing says ‘Ozark Country Christmas’ like a fresh-cut cedar

By Larry Dablemont
    I was probably only six or seven years old when I went on my first hunting trip. Dad and I were hunting a Christmas tree. I carried the axe. A Christmas tree at our home was always a cedar tree, and not just any cedar tree. It had to be just the right height, the right girth and the right color. Dad always took his shotgun and while we hunted the perfect Christmas tree we also hunted for rabbits and squirrels and quail and ducks, none of which had to be perfect, just within range.

MDC sets deer and turkey hunting dates for upcoming seasons

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Commission’s Dec. 13 meeting for upcoming turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates.

Take precautions with your dogs in cold weather

By Bill Cooper
    It’s true. A dog is man’s best friend. Ever since dogs were domesticated, they have been making great sacrifices for their owners. Dogs will go to great lengths to please their owners including subjecting themselves to extreme weather conditions. When does cold become dangerous to a dog’s well-being?

Forest Service prohibits hunting of feral hogs in MTNF

    Missouri took another step forward this month in the fight to eliminate invasive feral hogs in the state when the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) moved forward with prohibiting the hunting of feral hogs on public land in the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF).