Mrs. Kelley and the Sweet Tater Eddy

    Myrtle Kelly was old, probably in her mid-seventies. That doesn’t seem old now, but it did then, when I was only 12 or 13. Like the old men in Dad’s pool hall, Mrs. Kelly was my friend…what a wonderful lady! A kid who spends so much time as I did in a pool hall has lots of friends who are old.

View autumn foliage with MDC’s fall color forecast

After a wet and sweltering summer, most are breathing a sigh of relief as temperatures cool down and trees begin to change color – a sure sign that fall has arrived. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to enjoy fall foliage through camping, driving tours, hiking, or even canoeing or floating. To help, MDC offers weekly online fall color updates from agency foresters all over the state at mdc.mo.gov/fallcolor.

September spawns a plethora of outdoor activities

    September spawns a long list of outdoor activities, which should prompt every outdoorsmen to go outside and have a good time.

Hell’s Canyon certainly lived up to its name

    It looked fairly “unthreatening” to me, a hillside down into a small creek in western Colorado’s Rocky Mountains where brook trout lived in beaver dam pools. Maybe 10- or 12-inch brook trout wouldn’t appeal to most Ozark fishermen…until you ate a couple.

MDC says quail and pheasant numbers steady despite rough start

With quail and pheasant-hunting season starting Nov. 1, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) advises hunters that quail and pheasant production appears better than expected despite harsh conditions last winter and flooding this spring.