Outdoors

Preparations being made for upcoming trout season

By Bill Cooper
    Excitement is in the air as opening day of the 2020 Missouri trout season approaches for the four trout parks in the state. Montuak State Park, Bennett Spring Stage Park, Roaring River State Park, and the James Foundation’s Maramec Spring Park staffs are preparing for large crowds for opening day, which falls on Sunday, March 1 this year.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a secret place in the woods

By Larry Dablemont
    As much as I love to hunt and fish, I was born a naturalist first and foremost, and I have made much of my living actually working as a paid naturalist for two state park systems, for the National Park Service, and for a natural heritage commission. I continue that even now.

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.”