Fall is my favorite time of the year to chase smallmouth bass. A number of reasons support my choice. The weather has cooled, crowds are down, fall colors are on, and the fish are feeding up for winter. That in my book equals a great time to go fishing.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is preparing area wetlands for upcoming waterfowl seasons. Duck season in Missouri’s Middle Zone is Nov. 9 to 15and Nov. 21 to Jan. 12, 2020. The South Zone duck season is Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 to Jan. 31, 2020. Managers of the wetland conservation areas in southeast Missouri have information for hunters on what to expect.
Eight-year-old boys yearn for adventure. Despite the epidemic of youth addicted to electronic devices, youngsters still crave outdoor adventure and fun. They only need an opportunity to get outside.
This November may be the first one in many, many years in which I do not spend any time hunting deer. I think I will drive up to northeast Nebraska’s sand hills to talk with ranch owners and ask permission to hunt prairie chickens and sharp-tail grouse in the high hills…and waterfowl in the small waters of the lowlands. It has been many years since I have been there, but in the fall it is beautiful, as small shrubs seldom reaching 10 feet in height burst into color.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a workshop on the basics of timber harvesting in Gasconade County on Oct. 26. This training will help landowners learn how to begin the process of a structured timber harvest on their farm. Participants will learn about the benefits of managing forest, beyond monetary value.