Outdoors

An old, old knife

By Larry Dablemont
    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 store to store doing her weekly shopping.

Cpt. Wilson offers bowfishing adventures

By Bill Cooper
    Cpt. Bryan Wilson, of Jerome, owns and operates Stained Water Bowfishing. He offers Bowfishing and gigging trips across the Ozarks region, including the Osage and Gasconade rivers, as well as lakes including, Lake of the Ozarks, Truman, Pomme de Terre, Stockton, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals.

Missouri State Highway Patrol offers summer water safety tips

    Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, is encouraging everyone to incorporate safety into any plans to enjoy Missouri’s waterways. Troopers patrol the state’s waterways to enforce Missouri’s boating laws and assist where needed. Everyone enjoying these areas is asked to do their part!

The shirt off my back

By Larry Dablemont
    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 think they will say that about me at my funeral, if I was lucky enough to have one--- Some kid who lived the life I lived on the river could never be sure of that. But I thought how great it would be if I was referred to as “A kid who would give someone the shirt off his back.”

Topwater bass fishing action picks up

By Bill Cooper
    There is nothing in the fishing world that compares to the thrill of seeing a big largemouth bass crash a topwater bait. That time of year is here. Water temperatures are up, and so is bass metabolism. Their appetites are ravenous, and they will attack anything that will fit into their big bucket mouths.