Outdoors

Explore a Missouri State Parks trail on National Trails Day June 6

Missouri State Parks invites the public to get outside and explore Missouri’s great natural and cultural resources on a Missouri State Parks trail this Saturday, June 6, for National Trails Day. Trail goers can experience more than 1,000 miles of trail at Missouri state parks and historic sites throughout the state.

Missouri State Parks reopens some visitor centers and offices

Beginning this week, Missouri State Parks, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, will open visitor centers, park offices and site offices on a limited basis. Programming will be limited, and social distancing and additional cleaning measures will be in place.

Redear sunfish are fun to catch and good to eat

By Bill Cooper
    Redear sunfish are a fish of the southeast. They often feed heavily on snails, thus the nickname shellcracker. However, they also are known by Georgia bream, cherry gill, chinquapin, improved bream, rouge ear sunfish, and sun perch. Often mistaken for bluegill, redears are distinguished by a red ear patch on the gill plate. The popular sunfish of the south are great fun to catch and delicious on the dinner plate.

MDC updates definition of handguns used for deer hunting

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved an updated definition of a pistol/handgun from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the Wildlife Code of Missouri at its May 28 meeting in Jefferson City.