Reaching Labor Day on the calendar is like listening to the song “Closing Time” at a bar after they flick the lights on to let you know the fun is over and it’s time to move on. 

It’s hard to believe we’re starting to talk about duck hunting, but with the teal opener less than a month away, we’ll be swinging on whistling wings before you know it. For those of you who waterfowl hunt at Missouri Conservation Areas, there are some changes going into effect this year you…

As summer wanes, hunting seasons will approach quickly. Now is a good time to become certified through the Missouri Department of Conservation hunter-education training program in time for fall hunts. 

When I was living in Montana, I spent some time hunting elk. Not so successfully, as I’ve only one cow to my credit. But I burned some boot leather, and saw a lot of beautiful country. One specific area I found particularly enchanting was the Crazy Mountains. 

Chicago’s Gold Coast has nothing to do with carp. It’s actually the high-rent district along the lakeshore. Depending on whom you ask, there are different explanations of the name. A lot of the city’s up-and-coming business executives attribute the name with the expense of the area and their…

I don’t claim to be a big outdoorsman or even like to hunt or fish. I would rather spend my afternoons at Busch Stadium to be honest. So, why am I on the outdoors page you ask?

Spend any time around the Missouri Legislature and you quickly come to realize agriculture is king. It’s easy to understand why when you consider the industry’s economic impact on the state of Missouri is estimated to be 88.4 billion dollars annually, according to the Department of Agricultu…

When President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act in 1934, the Federal Duck Stamp was born. In the 85 years since, it has been a crucial piece of the restoration of wildlife and wild places across our country. Over $1 billion dollars have been collected to impact …

The first time I ever went canoeing was on Sugar Creek with my dad and brother. My most vivid memory of the experience is when our canoe flipped in a rapid. I must have been about eight, making my brother five. 

Monarch Butterflies are truly a phenomenal species that bewilders scientists who try to figure out the annual migration monarchs make from the Oyamel fir forests in central Mexico to Canada and back. This journey is shared by four to five generations. 

Missouri sells deer hunting licenses “over-the-counter.” Anyone who meets the legal requirements to deer hunt can simply purchase a license and go. In other states, like our neighbors - Illinois, Iowa and Kansas - non-resident hunters and sometimes residents too, must apply for deer hunting …

CAPE GIRARDEAU — The Missouri Department of Conservation announces Free Fishing Days are coming up this week. Free Fishing Days in Missouri are the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June. In 2019, those dates are June 8 and 9. On these two days, any person may fish state wate…

Fishing opportunities exist wherever you live. One of my favorite places to fish when I was little happened to be just below the dam of a downtown impoundment. The fact that Dairy Queen was only a couple of blocks away certainly had something to do with it, because no matter how good or bad …

The concept behind social media is sound. And when actually used to stay connected with family and friends, it really can be a means of positivity. But sadly, many members of society have taken this opportunity to share joy and happiness, and turned it into a tool of divisiveness through the…

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to gain more and more national attention as new states are added to the dreaded list of those home to infected deer. Tennessee “didn’t have” CWD six months ago. Now they’ve discovered nearly 200 positives. More than half the states in our country now h…

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the most important piece of legislation we have in America that provides funds for public access to lands and waters for hunting, fishing, camping, paddling, hiking, bird watching and more. 

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