Antler scoring event takes guess work out of hunters’ deer tales

While fishermen are famous for fudging measurement estimates, deer hunters are not immune from stretching the story and size proportions of the bucks they bring home. I have a few sets of antlers that I measured myself and rounded up a little bit as I described them. That was until I took them to theContinue reading “Antler scoring event takes guess work out of hunters’ deer tales”

Comments sought until March 7 for compromise on scenic rivers motorboat restrictions

The proposed horsepower restrictions for the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways seem to be a reasonable compromise, which is evidenced by the fact that extremists on both sides are screaming the loudest. Fortunately the middle ground has the opportunity to be heard. Public comments are being accepted until MarchContinue reading “Comments sought until March 7 for compromise on scenic rivers motorboat restrictions”

Workshop offers certification for using prescribed fire as management tool

Guys like to play with fire. I know this from years of observation and plenty of personal experience. I have helped to build brush piles nearly as big as a barn, and on at least one other occasion, burned an old barn that more closely resembled a brush pile than a building. The desire toContinue reading “Workshop offers certification for using prescribed fire as management tool”

Backyard bird feeder brightens bleak winter background

Only when the squirrels manage to outsmart my arsenal of prevention devices does monitoring the birds in my backyard cause me any angst at all. I love to stare out the window watching them fly, flit and fight over free seeds. Obviously the food is free for them and not for me, but I canContinue reading “Backyard bird feeder brightens bleak winter background”

Changes in camera technology add to hunting adventures

Anyone who has been around a while has seen his share of advancements. From the guy who was using stone tools when metal made its appearance, or the horse and buggy driver who lived long enough to own trucks and cars, or the bow and arrow native Americans who found firearms as an option, theContinue reading “Changes in camera technology add to hunting adventures”

Ten-year streak: Jefferson County holds top archery status

With a little luck and a bit more ambition, I may have added to Jefferson County’s archery deer harvest tally. For the tenth consecutive year, Jefferson County maintained its reign as the top county in the state with 1,563 reported to the state’s Telecheck system. The total is below the record setting 1,645 from lastContinue reading “Ten-year streak: Jefferson County holds top archery status”

Most species of seedlings sold out at state nursery for 2022

Maybe it is for the best, because I have had mixed success trying to grow the trees I have ordered from the George O. White State Forest Nursery near Licking, Missouri. When I went to the website this winter to place an order, I found that nearly 75% of their trees were sold out. IContinue reading “Most species of seedlings sold out at state nursery for 2022”

Litter pick-up programs could be eliminated if people policed themselves

All around my hometown of Crystal City you can find signs with an iconic little insect pleading with everyone who passes, “Don’t be a litterbug. Help keep your community clean.” If only it were that easy. Actually it is as simple as that. If people heeded the message and disposed of their waste properly, thereContinue reading “Litter pick-up programs could be eliminated if people policed themselves”

Eagle Days event adjusted again; few reservations remain

A sincere thank you to everyone who signed up to receive updates via email. Please feel free to add comments or suggestions for future topics. Eagle Days are back after a one-year hiatus brought on by COVID-19 concerns in 2021, and renovation work on the Chain of Rocks bridge has caused a change of plansContinue reading “Eagle Days event adjusted again; few reservations remain”

Area First Day Hikes canceled due to inclement weather forecast

All of the First Day Hikes planned in the Jefferson County region have been canceled due to the forecast for inclement weather on Jan. 1. The preview column posted in the Jefferson County Leader newspaper on Dec. 30 highlighted all of the area state parks where events were planned, but a check of each locationContinue reading “Area First Day Hikes canceled due to inclement weather forecast”