Outdoors

MDC offering timber harvest workshop March 7 in Gasconade County

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a workshop on the basics of timber harvesting in Gasconade County on March 7. This training will help landowners learn how to begin the process of a structured timber harvest on their farm. Participants will learn about the benefits of managing forest, beyond monetary value.

MDC encourages public to Be Bear Aware this spring

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) estimates that Missouri is home to about 540 - 840 black bears with most being in the southern part of the state. As spring gets underway, these magnificent mammals leave their winter dens in search of food. MDC reminds Missourians to “Be Bear Aware.”

Expert warns of feral hog 'explosion' in Missouri

By Seth Bodine, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Michael Bodenchuk believes Missouri should be bracing for a “pig bomb.”

Anglers getting ready for March 1 trout opener

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.

Here’s an old-timers tall tale about a big walleye

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.