Another working deer camp in the books

    For deer season this year I traveled to Shannon County where I participated in the third annual Driftwood Acres deer hunting camp. Seven of us gathered at Brandon Butler’s cabin on Sinkin’ Creek. A menagerie of outdoor media folks and friends arrived from as far away as California, Indiana and Tennessee.

Missouri State Parks asking assistance from trail users to test trail app

Missouri State Parks is asking for assistance from trail users to test a new trail app. Missouri State Parks is testing the new mobile trail app at four of its state parks. The four state parks that will be included in the test phase are Rock Bridge Memorial and Finger Lakes state parks, located near Columbia, and Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka state parks, located in the Lake of the Ozarks region.

MDC needs information on elk illegally shot in Carter County

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking the public for information regarding a female adult elk found shot and left for dead Monday morning, Nov. 18, on National Park Service property near the end of M Highway in Carter County.

New approaches needed to help keep hunting alive

By Bill Cooper
    Only four percent of Americans hunt. The days are long gone when our population was primarily rural, and it was a given that every farmhouse had a gun or two in it for hunting purposes. Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, quail, pheasants and waterfowl were common staples of farm families 90 years ago.

Lost friend introduced me to quail hunting

By Larry Dablemont
    Two weeks ago, I wrote about attending the funeral of an old family friend who grew up in Texas County and died just a few days before. His name was Charlie Hartman Jr., one of the finest men I ever knew. The day of his funeral was exactly 61 years after my father was hurt on the river, and Charlie helped me, as a small boy to retrieve our boat and float it down the Big Piney to a take-out point.