Outdoors

You should always carry Finland’s finest lure

By Larry Dablemont
    If I had to pick a half-dozen lures to take with me all the time no matter where I intended to fish, one of them would no doubt be the celebrated floating Rapala. While we were in Canada a few summers ago, my wife lost one of my Rapalas to a hungry smallmouth, which came up from deep water to engulf it only a few feet from the boat. The drag was set properly, but when there’s only a few feet of line out, the drag doesn’t always keep a four-pound fish from breaking a four-pound line.

Bears on the move in Missouri, MDC encourages Be Bear Aware

The black bear is one of the largest and heaviest wild mammals in Missouri with some reaching up to 500 pounds. It is also a long-distance roamer constantly in search of food. While black bears are usually very secretive and avoid encounters with people, a growing number of bears in the state is resulting in more encounters with and more interest in the big bruins.    

Gascosage BassMasters Tournament Held at Bell Chute

By Bill Cooper

   July 11, 2020 turned out to be a busy day for Jeff Feeler, tournament director for the local Gascosage Buddy BassMasters Club. “Thirty-one teams showed up to compete for $3,000 in prize money,” Feeler said.

Woods Valley Farm - a unique history of land stewardship

By Bill Cooper
    The 1,900-acre Woods Valley Farm, located in the ancient hills of the Missouri Ozarks near the quaint Meramec River town of Steelville, is a piece of outdoor heaven. Outdoorsmen and land managers far and wide recognize Woods Valley as one of the most well managed hunting and fishing properties in the entire Midwest.

A boatful of memories

By Larry Dablemont
    Somewhere out there, there is someone who owns a boat I am looking for. The history of that boat is something that goes back to my grandfather more than 100 years ago. He and his brother built his first wooden johnboat when they were kids living on the river before World War One. Grandpa became a riverman who built and sold wooden johnboats in years to come, living his life as a riverman on the Big Piney, raising sons who guided fishermen in them.