The ducks are coming down from the north

    Reports out of Minnesota say that waterfowl hunters are rejoicing as unseasonably cold weather, passing fronts, and persistent north winds have pushed birds south early this fall. Many are already filtering into the northern lakes of Missouri.

Shoot everything that you see…with a camera

    It is a heck of a good time to spend a day in the woods, with a pack and a lunch, shooting everything you come across…with a camera. Mushrooms are plentiful this fall, and some of them surpass the spring morels as far as flavor and edibility. And they are very photogenic. Colorful… I reckon! There are so many different kinds…and there are few people confident in knowing the good ones from the bad ones.

Join MDC for Facebook Live session “Ask an Agent” Oct. 31

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for its upcoming Facebook Live segment “Ask an Agent” on Oct. 31 from noon to 12:30 p.m. when conservation agents will answer questions from the public on a variety of hunting, fishing, trapping, and other MDC regulations.

There is a new conservationist in family

    I’ve discovered a new conservationist in the Cooper-Hale family lines. Or better, perhaps, Jackson Hale and I discovered one another at a Hale family reunion two years ago. Shawn Hale, Jackson’s father, is mom’s brother, J.O.’s son. They live in Kentucky, just across the Mississippi River from my former southeast Missouri home.

MDC predicts quail season to be good in parts of state

With quail-hunting season starting Nov. 1, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) advises hunters that overall quail production was about the same as last year, but below the 10-year average. MDC staff note that good hunting can be found in areas with quality habitat in north and west-central portions of the state.