Outdoors

MDC announces five hunters drawn for elk permits

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting season in modern history starting this October. For the inaugural season, MDC will issue one permit each to five lucky Missourians randomly drawn from 19,215 permit applications, including 33 for one resident-landowner antlered-elk permit and 19,182 for four general permits.

An old, old knife

By Larry Dablemont
    I try to always do the right thing. But it hasn’t always been that way. I stole a candy bar once when I was five or six years old, but nothing since! Grandma and Grandpa McNew would go into town on Saturday morning and I would tag around after my grandmother when she went from store to store doing her weekly shopping.

Cpt. Wilson offers bowfishing adventures

By Bill Cooper
    Cpt. Bryan Wilson, of Jerome, owns and operates Stained Water Bowfishing. He offers Bowfishing and gigging trips across the Ozarks region, including the Osage and Gasconade rivers, as well as lakes including, Lake of the Ozarks, Truman, Pomme de Terre, Stockton, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals.

Missouri State Highway Patrol offers summer water safety tips

    Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, is encouraging everyone to incorporate safety into any plans to enjoy Missouri’s waterways. Troopers patrol the state’s waterways to enforce Missouri’s boating laws and assist where needed. Everyone enjoying these areas is asked to do their part!

The shirt off my back

By Larry Dablemont
    Down at the pool hall when I was a kid, I heard some front bench regulars talking about the funeral they had went to. They said of the fellow being laid to rest that he was a guy who would give you the shirt off his back. I thought about how I would like to think they will say that about me at my funeral, if I was lucky enough to have one--- Some kid who lived the life I lived on the river could never be sure of that. But I thought how great it would be if I was referred to as “A kid who would give someone the shirt off his back.”