Excitement builds for outdoor adventure in 2021

By Bill Cooper
    The greatest excitement about the outdoors in 2020, for me personally, centered around the cancellation of numerous media trips, which I had been scheduled attend. COVID became the eminent killer of outdoor media trips for me and dozens of other outdoor writers. However, 2021 is shaping up to be a better year for outdoor communicators.

MDC reports final deer harvest for season more than 296,500

Missouri's 2020-2021 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total deer harvest for the season of 296,516. Of the deer harvested, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks, and 127,461 were does.

Brown trout hatching project appears successful

    On December 12, members of the Gateway Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GTU) placed brown trout eggs in Vibert egg boxes in Dry Creek and the Westover Spring branch southeast of Steelville in an experiment that could ultimately lead to an improved brown trout fishery in the Meramec River. This past weekend, members returned to Westover Farms to find that many of the eggs had hatched.

Powder Valley Nature Center’s Evening with Raptors goes virtual Jan. 29

Bird buffs, falcon fanciers, and anyone enraptured by raptors are invited to meet the objects of their admiration online during this year’s An Evening with Raptors virtual event.