Outdoors

The great swap meet is returning

By Larry Dablemont
    We had to skip the Grizzled Old Outdoorsman’s swap meet last year because of the coronavirus, but for about 10 years before, we had held it in late March at a church gym in Brighton, Mo. We didn’t charge admission and all vendor spaces were free.

Food plots and game calls on hunters’ minds

By Bill Cooper
    The snow may be deep and outside temperatures low, but hunter’s thoughts are heating up, when it comes to preparing food plots for next season and thinking about quality game calls.

Opening day brings anglers to Maramec Spring Park - PHOTO GALLERY

    Sunny, cool weather provided a great day to kick off catch-and-keep trout season at Maramec Spring Park on Monday, March 1. More than 1,000 anglers visited the park to enjoy the new season.

MDC offers free virtual program on peregrine falcon recovery March 16

Peregrine falcons have returned to Missouri skies thanks to a recovery program based in cities and at power plants. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free virtual program on falcons and their recovery from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16.

MDC reminds snaggers that paddlefish season begins March 15

Imagine catching a giant, prehistoric fish whose ancestors swam during the time of dinosaurs. That is a reality for thousands of paddlefish snaggers during Missouri’s annual spring paddlefish snagging season. Paddlefish -- named for their large, paddle-shaped snouts -- are an ancient species that can grow to seven feet and weight more than 100 pounds.