Outdoors

Women In Nature event coming up at Prairie State Park

Women who want to explore the great outdoors but don’t know where to begin can go to Prairie State Park’s visitor center for a Women in Nature event. This half-day experience starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11 and allows women to learn some new hands-on skills, taught by female instructors. Participants must be at

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Learn about Missouri’s venomous snakes at MDC virtual program

When it comes to things people are afraid of in the outdoors, venomous snakes top many fright lists. While it’s true people should always give venomous snakes space, it’s equally true that some of the things people have heard about venomous snakes simply aren’t true.The copperhead is one of Missouri’s venomous snake species that people

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Concert at the Castle June 7

Join the Lake Area Community Orchestra at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 as they perform at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. The evening of wonderful music will be held on the west castle lawn. Provided seating will be limited, so guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Guests are also encouraged to arrive

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Polk County man catches new state record walleye

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Tim Stillings of Morrisville for catching a 7-pound, 8-ounce walleye from the Sac River. Stillings caught the fish May 16 using a trotline. His record breaks the previous alternative methods record of 6-pounds, 14-ounces set in 2018. “We run trotlines for catfish,” Stillings explained. “It’s somewhat of a

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Fishing Report

Monday just about every other rig on the road was a fishing boat. The weather was just about perfect: warm, reasonable wind. Fishing had to be great. We’ll find out abut the catching next week. Caplinger Mills Report by Ryan Finch Caplinger Woods They are still catching what they were last time: crappie, a few

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Wildflower Walk scheduled at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Join a Ha Ha Tonka State Park naturalist at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11 for a hike along the Acorn Trail and discover amazing flowers blooming along the way. Learn to identify flowers, such as violets, prairie docks and many more, as you walk along the 0.90 mile trail. Participants are encouraged to bring insect

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Listen to stories at Crowder State Park June 4

Crowder State Park’s campground amphitheater will transform into a special storytelling venue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Join cultural historian Br. John as he portrays the world-class show horse performer, inventor and horse whisperer/trainer Tom Bass. Bass, nicknamed “The High-Hatted Horseman,” was born into slavery in 1859. Bass was the creator of the famed

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Missouri State Parks honors military service with program

Missouri State Parks values the tremendous contributions and sacrifices made by members of the U.S. military and their families. To show its appreciation to active service members, Missouri State Parks is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free tours to the nation’s active-duty personnel and their families. The Blue Star Museums program

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For the Birds

Years ago I spoke to the Audubon Society Chapter at Pittsburg Kansas, and enjoyed getting to spend some time with folks who truly love all aspects of nature, especially birds. I think my talk went over really well except for my woodpecker recipes. On a more serious side, I myself have had a great fascination

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Fishing Report

Taberville Report by Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm We had heavy thunder all night but only got an inch to an inch and a half of rain. The river is running bank full. Boats can use the launching ramp. Fishermen (and women) are catching flathead and blue cats on rod and reel. They are catching

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