Outdoors

Spider webs make this a rough time of year in the woods

    As much as I like to be in the woods, this is a rough time because of all the spider webs across trails. One of the old Front Bench Regulars in the pool hall back home said that God didn’t create spiders, ticks and flies. He said they were here when God got here, before He went to creating the good stuff. Darn, they make me itch and get miserable. I don’t remember them being here when I was a kid because I hunted squirrels in the hickories in late August.

New MDC migratory bird and waterfowl hunting digest now available

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest for the 2019-2020 hunting season is now available where permits are sold and online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/regulations/migratory-bird-and-waterfowl-hunting-digest.

MDC advises nature to nurture health and happiness

Work or school have you stressed? Need a break from the mundane? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recommends taking a dose of nature at least once a day to refresh and de-stress.

Catchin’ some crawdads equals summertime fun

    Every kid that has ever played in an Ozark stream has become acquainted with the ubiquitous crawdad. It’s the foolproof move of crawdads that fools first time crawdad chasers. The mudbugs flee backwards, a move that has astounded youngsters for eons.

Copperheads are not safe on Lightnin’ Ridge

    My daughter, Christy, is a high school science and biology teacher who has worked in past years as a paid summer naturalist for the state park system. She spends hours and hours in the outdoors, on rivers and trails throughout the Ozarks of southern Missouri and north Arkansas.