March 1 marks the annual opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing in Missouri at the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through Oct. 31.
By Larry Dablemont
Back in the ‘70s, when I was working as an outdoor columnist for the Arkansas Democrat, I became involved in the Greer’s Ferry Walleye Tournament, which took place in late February and March. They offered a million dollar prize to anyone who could catch a world record walleye. I got to know some great people up there, good fishermen and honest enough to do it right.
By Bill Cooper
The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) recently hosted 18 outdoor communicators from across the state of Missouri at their 2020 Media Camp held at Lilleys’ Landing on Lake Taneycomo near Branson. CFM is “The Voice of the Missouri Outdoors” and utilizes communicators across the state to spread the conservation message to as many citizens as possible.
The increased feral hog elimination efforts by the Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership (the Partnership) underway on public and private land in southeast and south-central Missouri is the latest chapter in Missouri’s long fight to defend the state against the nuisance animals. Ongoing winter operations mirror the adapted philosophy that’s also taking place elsewhere in the U.S. as an increasing number of states realize hunting is an inefficient method of eliminating a creature neither farmers nor recreational enthusiasts want on the landscape.
Wes Swee has taken over in his new position as the regional manager of The James Foundation in January and is now in charge of Maramec Spring Park. Swee was named assistant regional manager last year and served under Mark Benton, who retired in December.