Outdoors

Catch crappie and walleye deep at Stockton Lake

By Bill Cooper
    The big Sea-Ark boat sat in 35 feet of water on Stockton Lake north of Springfield. Damon Spurgeon and I fished eighth-ounce jigs tipped with an earthworm for walleye. My rod tipped bounced noticeably, atypical of a walleye bite. After applying pressure on the fish, it felt heavy.

Nature and today’s world

By Larry Dablemont
    There is no good or bad in nature. That is a hard thing for many to accept. When my daughters were little girls, I tried to explain nature to them, and yet, protect them from the harshness of it. We’d be on a trip somewhere, and one of my girls would notice a dead rabbit in the road.

MDC wants public comments on proposed bear-hunting season

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking initial public input on a proposed limited and highly regulated hunting season for black bears, which would be open only to Missouri residents. If approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission, a season could occur as soon as the fall of 2021. MDC is asking for initial public comments through June 5.

Missouri State Parks campgrounds to begin phased reopening on May 18

Missouri State Parks, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, today announced the phased reopening of campgrounds as a part of its continued efforts to return to normal operations in conjunction with Governor Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong” Recovery Plan.