Outdoors

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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Celebrate National Trails Day with Missouri State Parks June 4

Spend Saturday, June 4, celebrating the 30th annual National Trails Day at many family-friendly activities held in Missouri State Parks throughout the state. Events such as interpretive hikes, guided bike rides and other nature programs will be taking place. The day also encourages visitors to head out for their own trail adventure in a state

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Go on a wild plant walk at MDC’s Springfield Nature Center

“What plant is that” is a commonly heard question on hikes, camping trips, and other outdoor outings. Now that spring has greened up the outdoors, it’s a great time to take a guided walk to learn about some of the plants in this region. People can learn more about some of the native plants in

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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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