Outdoors

Missouri State Parks postpones events and programs now through April 30

Out of caution, Missouri state park and historic site programs and events sponsored by Missouri State Parks are postponed or cancelled now through April 30. The team is closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and its effect in Missouri. While safety, stewardship and service are all very important to Missouri State Parks, safety is the top priority.

MoNASP state tournament changed from live event to virtual one

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) announce that the 2020 Missouri National Archery in Schools Program (MoNASP) State Tournament scheduled for March 19-21 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson has been cancelled and is being changed to a virtual tournament where participating student archers can compete at their local schools and teams can submit scores.

White bass are the lyin’est fish in the river

By Larry Dablemont
    I love to fish for white bass this time of year, mostly because sooner or later I can catch them on topwater lures with ultra-lite gear. Now that is fishing!
    There’s a million places to find them, and that’s what pleases me the most, is finding a passel of white bass where no one else knows they are, and fishing all alone with the ambience of spring all around, and female white bass on the prowl. I like being alone because I don’t want somebody telling his buddies, “I saw that outdoor writer guy fishing way up the river and he was talking to the fish he caught.”

MDC invites people to enjoy a hike while learning about Ozark habitats

    Now is a great time to hike a trail in the Ozarks. A lack of tree leaves and undergrowth makes it easier to see wildlife and natural formations. Plus, ticks and chiggers aren’t a problem.

Spring hunting, fishing booklets now available

    Missouri hunters, trappers, anglers, and others can get free copies of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) updated booklets on spring turkey hunting, hunting and trapping, fishing, and the Wildlife Code of Missouri. The handy booklets have information on related permits, seasons, species, regulations, limits, conservation areas, sunrise and sunset tables, and more.