Outdoors

Finland’s Best

If I had to pick a half-dozen lures to take with me all the time no matter where I intended to fish, one of them would no doubt be the celebrated floating Rapala. While we were in Canada a few summers ago, my wife lost one of my Rapalas to a hungry smallmouth, which came

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New MDC migratory bird, waterfowl hunting digest now available

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest for the 2020-2021 hunting season is now available where permits are sold and online. Learn more about waterfowl hunting in Missouri and view the hunting digest online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl. The handy, free guide has detailed information on needed permits and duck-stamp requirements,

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An Old, Old Knife

I try to always do the right thing. But it hasn’t always been that way.  I stole a candy bar once when I was five or six years old, but nothing since!  Grandma and Grandpa McNew would go into town on Saturday morning and I would tag around after my grandmother when she went from

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Proper disposal of fishing lines protects people and wildlife

Help keep rivers and lakes clean and safe Hazards for wildlife and people from lost or discarded fishing lines and hooks, and old and inactive trot lines or set lines, are not prevalent on the state’s rivers and lakes. But problems do occur sometimes, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urges anglers to recover

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The shirt off my back

Down at the pool hall when I was a kid I heard some front bench regulars talking about the funeral they had went to. They said of the fellow being laid to rest that he was a guy who would give you the shirt off his back. I thought about how I would like to

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MDC announces addition to Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has added a 320-acre grassland tract to the Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie Conservation Area in St. Clair County. This filled a gap between existing area tracts and provides the opportunity to manage contiguous native grassland on the northern boundary. MDC manages Wah’Kon-Tah for native prairie plant and wildlife species in partnership

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Are you bear aware?

Bears have a remarkable sense of smell that can unfortunately lead them to human food. When camping at Missouri State Parks remember to keep your coolers closed and your campsite clean.

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Free nightly light show

Have you noticed something different in your backyard in the evenings lately? Sporadic flashing yellow or green lights show up this time of year in yards around the state. Fireflies (also called lightening bugs) are small beetles that use bioluminescence to communicate. The adult beetle’s abdomen blinks a specific pattern that, when combined with specific

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