Outdoors

MDC workshops teach prescribed fire as land, wildlife management tool

Landowners can learn to use prescribed fire as a land management tool at free prescribed-fire workshops presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The following workshops are planned in January and February throughout the Ozarks:

Resolve to catch more brown trout in the new year

By Bill Cooper
    January is one of the best months of the to fish for brown trout in Missouri. Brown trout tend to avoid strong light. They will hide under available cover on bright days. On cloudy days they tend to feed more in the open, making them easier to catch. January has a lot of dark, cloudy days, making it my favorite month of the year to fish for them.

MDC could learn a lot from seeing some good ranching practices

By Larry Dablemont
    A month or so ago, several people were on Facebook moaning about what our Ozark rivers have become. So I gave them an invitation to do something about it rather than talking about it.

‘Tis the season to get out and enjoy the outdoors

By Bill Cooper
    It’s Christmas morning. Family members have opened presents, laughed and teased and nibbled at leftovers from the Christmas Eve get together. Our two Labs, Hooper and BJ lay by the fire, attempting to sleep among all the noise and discarded wrapping paper. I sit relaxing in my recliner and ponder the blessings we enjoyed in 2019 and those yet to come in 2020.

MDC finds more CWD, disease still rare in state

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that it has confirmed 24 new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Missouri from nearly 27,000 tissue samples collected from white-tailed deer and submitted for disease testing this season. Most of the tissue samples were taken from hunter-harvested deer.