Outdoors

Making scents of things while hunting

By Larry Dablemont
    I use to bow hunt a lot, when it was an October season. Never did bow hunt in September, nor will I, ever. Warm weather keeps me a fisherman. First frost makes me look for a tree stand and put on my camouflaged cap. I remember a little opening along an oak-hickory ridge where a secluded persimmon grove is nestled. It's in an old field where Ozark settlers once had a homestead, overgrown and small and ringed with big oaks. I once saw wild turkeys while I hunted there in the fall. Not anymore, they are going the way of ruffed grouse that were once found in Ozark forests.

Fly fishing as a spiritual exercise

By Bill Cooper
    I step into the cool, free-flowing waters of my home river at dawn. Immediately above me, on a high Ozark ridge, lies ancient camps of those who came before me. The ridge provides lofty views of the river valley below, which both me and my ancestors enjoyed countless times. At dawn, especially, it feels like God shines a holy beacon of light in this place. It has a subtle strength and gentleness that brings me to a deep place as I begin my day of adventures and immersion into the spiritual realms of flowing water.

Enjoy the foliage of the season with MDC’s fall color forecast

The temperatures are cooling down and trees are beginning to change color – a sure sign that fall has arrived. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to enjoy fall foliage through camping, driving tours, hiking, or even floating. To help, MDC offers weekly online fall color updates from agency foresters all over the state at mdc.mo.gov/fallcolor.

Honor Missouri conservationists with MDC awards

The Missouri Conservation Commission and Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) are seeking nominations of Missourians who make or have made outstanding contributions to conservation in Missouri for their Master Conservationist award and Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame award. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31.

Learn backpacking basics at Echo Bluff State Park Oct. 1

Do you love to hike? Would you love to try backpacking but don’t know where to start? Join Echo Bluff State Park team members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 for a backpacking introductory class.