Workshop welcomes teachers to add fishing, hunting to school curriculum

Obviously children are the future of everything, and the case is made frequently by those who promote outdoors sports like hunting and fishing. Less than a century ago, kids spending time trying to catch or kill a meal for the family would have been common. “We want kids to discover and learn outside as muchContinue reading “Workshop welcomes teachers to add fishing, hunting to school curriculum”

Spread of chronic wasting disease in county strikes close to home

Over the past few years I have talked to Jasmine Batten several times, so when I answered a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize, it was pleasant to hear a familiar voice. If her name doesn’t ring a bell for others, her work certainly will. Batten is the wildlife health program supervisor forContinue reading “Spread of chronic wasting disease in county strikes close to home”

Deer hunting memories are the sport’s best rewards

For all the things you hope to bring home from hunting camp, the most important may not be venison, trophy antlers or the thrills of being outdoors. The memories you make are the true treasures, and they can last a lifetime. Big Ken Ebert was the patriarch of our small Camden County hunting camp. AroundContinue reading “Deer hunting memories are the sport’s best rewards”

Truman Access on Mississippi River reopens after new repair strategy

Last fall when the state Department of Conservation announced that the Truman Access on the Mississippi River in southern Jefferson County would be closed indefinitely, the prospects of getting back to the mighty waterway seemed even more remote than the site itself. But earlier this month the state issued a release that the 20-acre propertyContinue reading “Truman Access on Mississippi River reopens after new repair strategy”

Deer harvest totals follow recent trends, provide predictable coming seasons

Once the leaves finally fell off of the trees, the deer season took on a look of normalcy. The unofficial numbers from the November portion of firearms season were very similar to recent years. (Actually, it seems there are still a remarkable number of trees still holding tight to their summer wardrobe.) Opening weekend weatherContinue reading “Deer harvest totals follow recent trends, provide predictable coming seasons”

Magnolia Hollow offers many amenities even if its hiking trail needs attention

Magnolia Hollow offers many amenities even if its hiking trail needs attention As it turned out, mid-October was a little early, and unfortunately the first week of November may be a little late, but the opportunity to enjoy the fall colors is not the only good reason to check out Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area justContinue reading “Magnolia Hollow offers many amenities even if its hiking trail needs attention”

Bennett Spring offers much more than just trout fishing options

The lure of a place like Bennett Spring and its trout park is easy to see, and it goes way beyond the fishing. In one compact package it provides a wide variety of outdoor activities and really nice amenities. Of course the fishing opportunities are the primary draw, with open stream available from March 1Continue reading “Bennett Spring offers much more than just trout fishing options”