Outdoors

Fishing report

Taberville Report by Bobby Dains Dains Fish Farm Blue cats are biting good on trotlines and rod and reel if you get in the right spot. I haven’t seen any flatheads. Snagging season opens March 15. That will stop the trotlining. I’m going to set some trotlines this afternoon to catch me some fish. Caplinger

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A Sad Season

All through the fall hunting season, those of us who love to hunt waterfowl prayed for rain. The one thing you need for great duck hunting is plenty of water, and we just didn’t have it. So I have decided to go duck hunting in the spring, when the ducks start heading back to the

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Too Many

I have noticed that there are more skunks in the Ozarks than I have ever seen before, and I want to remind readers that skunks often get rabies, likely carriers of that disease second only to bats. If you see one during the day, or have one around your home that acts strange any time

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Caves and a Swap Meet

A strange thing is happening out in California, where people are starting to live in caves. If you remember, I wrote about my grandfather and I staying in caves on the Big Piney River in the sixties. We found all kinds of arrowheads and pieces of clay pots, and even an ivory artifact in one.

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Beagles and Briar Patches

For most of two hours, the little beagle had struck trail after trail, and hotly pursued a half dozen cottontails in circles that wound around broam sedge, cedar thickets and patches of briar and sumac. I had missed one and bagged one. My partner had two. Two other hunters with us had yet to fire

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The Prayer Duck

When I am hunting and fishing now I am almost always alone and I have conversations with myself. Some say that when someone does that, it is an indication that they are crazier than a pet coon, but I ain’t. Crazy people ask themselves questions. I don’t do that. I did sometimes when I was

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Getting’ Here Late

On the first day of January I went looking for ducks on some of the many ponds and ranch lakes in my region of the Ozarks. As one old-timer in the pool hall once said about honest politicians on the ballot… “They wa’nt none!” I have never seen a time in 32 years of living

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Two With One Shot

The last few days of deer season are tough. Those final days for me occur at the close of the ‘muzzle-loader season” when whitetail deer are almost finished with the ‘rut’ and bucks are returning to normalcy, not acting so much like the sex-crazed idiots they are in October and November. In January, deer gather

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If we all were ri¢h

Doc Dykes was a frequent visitor to the pool hall in 1963. He was quiet and good humored, plagued with petit-mal seizures on occasion. Doc Dykes was a chiropractor, and likely as educated a man as our pool hall ever seen. Well dressed, he always wore a long grey overcoat, and usually a dress shirt

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2024 Recreational Trails Program Grant Round now open

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks is pleased to announce that the 2024 grant rounds for the Recreational Trails Program is now open. RTP grants are available to cities, counties and nonprofit organizations to be used to create motorized and non-motorized trails for recreational use. Federal agencies can apply for funding

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