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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
Picture perfect day for duck hunting in Missouri (12/03/16)
Last Sunday was a day that duck hunters looked forward to, with cool and gusty south winds and an overcast sky. The ducks that had been holding up north started moving into Missouri as the cold and damp weather hit northern states pushing ducks south...
Missouri hunters hopeful quail can make a 'comeback' (11/19/16)
Several seasons ago, I talked to Thomas Dailey, a research biologist for the Missouri Conservation Department. He said, "It couldn't be much worse for the quail in southwest areas of the state. Back in 1986 the count was 40, but in 2002 it had dropped to just two (in terms of their study)...
Annual Stockton Lake Managed Deer Hunt a success (11/12/16)
The 19th annual Stockton Lake Managed Deer Hunt for hunters who have physical disabilities was held this past weekend, before the regular statewide firearm deer season. The hunt was located in three area parks around the lake. Hawker Point, Orleans Trail South and Masters had deer stands available for the handicapped hunters...
Early Youth Weekend Deer Hunt opens to the delight of many (11/04/16)
As the 2016 Early Youth Weekend Deer Hunt opened the morning of Oct. 29, thousands of Missouri youngsters took to the woods looking for a deer to come within shooting range. The early season gives young hunters a chance to utilize their hunting skills during the statewide youth hunt and a jump-start on their elders...
Duck hunting can be humbling experience (10/29/16)
Real duck hunters are a special breed. They sit for hours in cold weather conditions waiting for a chance to have a flock of ducks sail into their spread of decoys. At first light on a crisp November morning, you are knee-deep in leaf-strewn water, snuggling up one arm comfortably to the trunk of an old oak tree where you chose to make a makeshift blind...
Fall turkey season encounters shortage of birds (10/22/16)
With just over a week left of the fall turkey season, hunters are finding a shortage of birds this year. Hunting can be difficult unless you are one of the lucky ones who get a chance to flush a flock. It's a great time of year for outdoor-minded people. The recent weather conditions have made it great for just being outside. Fall color is nearing its peak, fishing is good and hunting seasons are opening...
Archery deer and turkey hunting becoming more popular in Missouri (10/15/16)
Archery season has been open for nearly a month as bow hunters have been looking for a trophy buck or a big turkey. A lot of these bow hunters used to hunt with a gun, but changed to bow for several reasons. George Rogers, a former gun hunter, said, "When you have around three months to get a deer compared to just a few days, it's easy to switch, and besides it much more of a challenge to get your deer with a bow."...
October angling: An underrated month to fish (10/08/16)
With the outdoor spotlight on hunting during October, anglers have reason to be active as well. During the fall, many sportsmen welcome diversions such as the baseball playoffs and the World Series; high school, college and professional football and other sports. However, during the autumn months, some fishermen want more than a good football game to keep them indoors, they need to be fishing...
Enjoying Prairie Day at Wah-Kon-Tah Prairie (09/24/16)
This past Saturday, Prairie Day at Wah-Kon-Tah Prairie, was held near El Dorado Springs. The event drew hundreds of interested people including Richard Anderson, of Joplin, who said, "I am glad I came up here today because I learned a lot about Missouri prairies. ...
Doves in abundance, perfect weather align for season-opener (09/10/16)
The song, "What a difference a Day Makes," could be applied to the opening day of the dove season, and the following day for many Missouri dove hunters this year. It couldn't have been a better day for opening the dove season at the Sloan Conservation Area, as hunters had plenty of targets along with weather unusual for Sept. 1...
Fishing on Labor Day weekend (09/03/16)
Every Labor Day reminds Dave Duncan of a special fishing trip taken a few years ago. He was fishing Table Rock when his line suddenly moved sideways and he set the hook. He said, "I will never forget that moment. A big bass came out of the water and nearly caused me to fall into the lake. ...
Dove hunting season to open Thursday, Sept. 1 (08/27/16)
Since Sept. 1 comes on a Thursday this year, the large population of doves within the state won't have much time to dodge hunters before the big Labor Day weekend. Which will be fine with many hunters like George Cooper, a retiree who has spent many opening days through the years working...
A little creativity goes a long way on camping excursions (08/20/16)
If you like to eat like I do while on an outdoor trip, there are many ways to enjoy meals while enjoying your favorite kind of outing without spending a lot of time cooking. Most people feel that the more work that can be cut from cooking, the more time there is for fun. ...
Outdoor adventure: Tips for canoeing in Missouri (08/13/16)
Now that the dog days of summer are here, having fun in the outdoors means being on or in the water. More and more people are finding fun in a canoe or kayak. Tom Pitts uses his canoe much more than his bass boat. He said, "A lot of my friends have kayaks, but I still use my canoe. I think it is the most versatile small craft available today. It's well adapted to travel the inland waters and can function in the open water as well...
Hunters anxiously await start of dove season, Sept. 1 (08/06/16)
It's hard to believe that, in less than a month, hunting seasons will be opening (Sept. 1). Starting with dove, snipe and rail, hunting will get started with a bang. Of course, squirrel season has been going on since May 28th, and frog season started June 30th, but most hunting doesn't get going until the dove season starts Sept. 1...
Missouri anglers employ night fishing as way to beat July heat (07/30/16)
A lot of anglers are choosing to fish in the heat, which, in my opinion, is still better than not fishing at all. Last week I found there are many successful late July anglers who are catching crappie to catfish. Ron Daugherty, Carl Junction and Jay Ellis, Webb City, hit Stockton and caught 27 keeper crappie using red thunder or salt and pepper jigs...
Many trout fishing opportunities in Missouri (07/23/16)
When Charles Miller moved to the Ozarks from Colorado, he thought his trout fishing days were behind him. It came as a big surprise when he found that there were some good trout fishing throughout Missouri. After being in the state a few weeks, he picked up a Missouri Department of Conservation brochure on trout fishing in Missouri and discovered not only were there four trout parks that he had already heard of. ...
Ponds a primary source of fishing during hottest months (07/16/16)
Traveling across our Missouri Ozark lakes region, it's hard not to take notice of all of the small ponds dotted throughout the landscape. Primarily, they were built for livestock. If the pond is larger than an acre, you can almost bet it holds a good population of largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish...
Catfish aplenty: Missouri's most popular catch (07/09/16)
The honor of being one of the most popular as well as abundant fish in Missouri goes to the catfish. Especially popular with the fishermen is the channel cat. Channel cats are found in nearly all of the state's streams. Lakes and ponds that hold channel cats are common, and produce some good fishing...
To the delight of hunters, frog season officially underway (07/02/16)
At sunset June 30, area ponds, lakes and streams is where you would have found many early frog hunters. They will be ready to snag some of those (a fitting nickname) "Chicken of the Pond" tasty amphibians whose flesh is often compared to chicken or fish...
Bluegill makes a good catch for the novice fisher (06/25/16)
Now that summer has officially arrived, it's time to hit ponds, lakes and streams to catch bluegills. The peaking time is now. In late June and early July, concentrations of bluegill will be spawning along shallow lake shores. Look for craters of round, light spots on the bottom, which are the nest sites...
Topwater lures are tops in the industry for bass fishing (06/18/16)
Years ago, Outdoor editor of the Kansas City Star, Ray Heady, claimed there is nothing compared to catching bass than with a topwater lure. May through June is the best fishing of the year. When bass come roaring up out of the depths of water with their big mouths wide open and you see the big fish exploding through the center spray, it gets your adrenaline going like nothing else in fishing...
Finding a pattern in order to catch fish (06/04/16)
Anglers often hear the phrase, "When you find a pattern, then you can catch fish." The problem, of course, is finding that pattern. In many ways, each species of fish is individual. Because of this, the pattern for catching each will vary with the fish's movements, seasonal habits as well as feeding periods. You can work out your own catching pattern for each species...
Teen Anglers Tournament held on Stockton Lake (05/28/16)
More than 2,000 individuals attended the weigh-in at the Teen Anglers Tournament held on Stockton Lake Sunday. They watched as the young anglers brought in their catch to be weighed. There were 166 teams of two anglers representing 54 Missouri middle and high schools...
With spring in the air, thoughts turn to camping (05/21/16)
In May, campers' thoughts turn to the campgrounds for many reasons. Spring, camping is special. You don't have to put up with many bugs, and usually the fishing is at its best. Camping in a tent or RV can be a family adventure during spring before the big Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the camping season...
Kid's Free Fishing Day yields lots of trout (05/14/16)
More than 400 young anglers got hooked on trout fishing at the Kid's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring last Saturday. Kids from 5 to 15 participated in the event where lots of rainbow trout were caught during the day including a few lunkers. Hatchery manager Ben Havens said, "Everything went well, even the weather. ...
The rich history of Bass'n Gal tournaments (05/07/16)
Back in 1976, when America was celebrating its 200th anniversary, Sugar Farris was starting the first bass fishing tournaments for woman known as Bass'n Gals. It was the equivalent of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS). At one point it had 32,000 members in clubs and held nine tournaments a year, but ceased operations in 1997...
No time like the present for crappie anglers (04/30/16)
If you are a crappie angler, now is the time to hit the water. Fishing reports from area lakes show the crappie run is on and anglers are taking limits of these tasty fish at Table Rock, Bull Shoals, Pomme de Terre, Lake of the Ozarks, Stockton, Truman and Smithville as well as other area impoundments streams and tributaries...
Missourian achieves grand slam of wild turkey hunting (04/23/16)
When the 2016 spring turkey season opened Monday, Kevin Hess, Springfield, had a pocket full of memories of past hunts. None of his many hunts pleased him more than bagging his first Florida-Osceola bird. That turkey completed his getting a Wild Turkey Grand Slam, meaning he has now taken all four species of turkeys: Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam and finally the Osceola. ...
Fisherman's favorite spot produces good results (04/16/16)
Finding fish without a boat is something Brad Hailey, Walnut Grove, has had success doing over the past several weeks. Last week, he along with two friends, Gabe Gray, Greenfield and Landry Jones, Willard, hiked a short distance to a stream in Dade County. The location is where Hailey had traveled many times over the past 20 years to catch fish...
White bass run has begun at SW Missouri lakes (04/02/16)
The white bass run has gotten underway on Southwest Missouri lakes and streams. With the water temperature hitting the 50s, whites started moving up spawning streams, and anglers were on hand to intercept them. All it took for me to get excited about catching white bass was a call from Les Jarman, who just the day before, along with his son, Luke, had caught lots of whites. ...
Table Rock premium lake for bass fishing (03/26/16)
"I can see why Table Rock is rated as one of the best bass lakes in the country," said Fred Clark after he took his sixth largemouth bass of the morning. "I started fishing around Campbell Point many years ago and have caught a ton of bass from the lake over the past 30 years. ...
Veteran spoonbill snaggers thrilled season is underway (03/25/16)
March madness doesn't just apply to basketball or the opening of the trout parks. On March 15, spoonbill snagging season opened. Many snaggers have had their calendar marked since the end of last season. Veteran snaggers like Jon Belcher, Osceola, had their gear ready. Belcher's been after spoonbills for more than 50 years...
Hard to kill: Snow geese prove allusive for local hunters (03/12/16)
It sounded like a perfect setup; more than a million snow geese in the Squaw Creek area, a top-notch outfitter who had put out 2,000 decoys plus electronic calls, ideal weather and a conservation order that allowed hunters no limit of snow geese ---- while the only permit required was a $5 permit for resident hunters...
With mild temps, spring is in the air (03/05/16)
The day was Feb. 23, 2007, and although spring was still weeks away, signs of it stood out like an elephant in a parade. Just like this year. With mild temperatures and a warm 62 degrees I headed for the lake under the bright sunshine. Birds were chirping, even the meadowlarks were perched on fence posts singing their song as I passed down the road to the lake...
(Unofficial) Opening-day of fishing season just around the corner (02/27/16)
The countdown has started, the unofficial start of fishing is almost here. Of course, fishing never stops in Missouri, but there is something special about the annual trout parks on March 1. Brian Canaday, Missouri Department Conservation, Fisheries Division Chief, said, "We have plenty of fish for the season. ...
Quail Forever convention to be held this weekend (02/20/16)
Back when I was growing up,quail hunting was great. On many hunts it wasn't unusual to flush three or four coveys during a cool November morning. Things are a lot different today. I have talked to some quail hunters who remember how it was, but this past season hunters like Ralph Nelson and his pointer hunted places where he use to find plenty of bobwhites, but never flushed a single bird all day. The decline of Missouri's quail population has been well documented...
February is once again the best month for trout fishing (02/13/16)
For more than 50 years I have found good trout fishing on Lake Taneycomo in February. For some reason, hooking the largest trout of the year has been happening in February. Last year in early- February, Brandon Butler, executive director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, who is the voice for "Missouri's Outdoors" whose members are citizens for Conservation of Natural Resources in the state and Protection of our Outdoor Heritage, started a Media Camp at Lake Taneycomo. ...
Winter fishing at Missouri hot-spots yield bass and crappie (02/06/16)
The high and dingy water in area lakes has slowed winter fishing down, but some anglers have found fishing good especially for bass and crappie. One Kansas fisherman who has been pulling out crappie and bass from Missouri waters is Phil Schmidt Overland Park, Kan., who spent several days last week catching both species...
Sports shows offer the latest the market has to offer (01/30/16)
It's that time of the year when the outdoors moves indoors as Boat, RV and Sportshows get going bringing in thousands of anglers, hunters, vacationers, boaters and campers that are looking for products that help them enjoy their sport. Many outdoor adventures begin at these shows and with the holidays behind, now is the time to look forward to spring and summer outdoor activities that outdoor people enjoy most...
The art of fly-tying proves beneficial for anglers (01/23/16)
There are few pleasures in the sport of fishing that can match that of taking trout, bass, bluegill or other fish on a fly of your own creation. On cold winter evenings with a bitter wind rattling the windows, you can sit at a tying bench, reliving past fishing experiences while putting together the ingredients for future ones...
Missouri quail season is over -- time for boat and sport shows (01/16/16)
Missouri quail season ends Friday and its that time of the year when the outdoor calendar gets slim. The only good hunting seasons still open are rabbit, squirrel, crows, coyotes and waterfowl in the south zone. While the trout season at the four trout parks won't be open for catch and keep until March 1...
Poor quail-hunting season forecast holds true (01/09/16)
The quail-season ending Jan. 15, proved what many bird hunters had feared ---- not many quail. Gene Franklin and Clay Long, Columbia, hunted on some of the best looking quail fields in the state, but only flushed one covey and it was small. Long said, "In what we used to call a normal season we would have flushed three or four big coveys in the area we covered." Franklin added that things are different this time around...
2015: An up-and-down year for outdoorsmen and women (01/02/16)
As we run out of time in 2015, a look back shows it was both good and bad for outdoorsmen and women. For me, it started out good and ended up the same. Quail hunting was nothing like back in the 50s, but I was able to find birds where the habitat was good for holding birds. I caught fish from Truman to Table Rock...
Winter months provide ample opportunity for outdoor photography (12/26/15)
Now that the leaves are off the trees, it's a good time to take a walk in the woods with a camera or cell phone ---- with camera capabilities that you can use in the area of any one of the big impoundments. Carefully walking through the woods with a camera or cell photo in hand rarely results in more than blurred images as well as an occasional scenic shot. There is a lot more to this kind of photography than most hobbyists realize...
Warmer temps will keep crappie anglers happy (12/19/15)
It's one thing to find fishing for crappie in the spring when they are spawning on a lake known for bass and other species, but in December? There is good news for crappie anglers this month on area lakes. Once you find them, they can be some of the best eating as well as fun to catch. No matter how big, deep or intimidating, places around docks, marinas, coves and brush piles can produce crappie all year...
Safe and fast release of a fish gives better chance of survival (12/14/15)
It was too good of a day not to go fishing, so Bob Mckenzie, Aurora, headed for Roaring Ricer State Park to do some catch and release winter fishing for trout. Mckenzie has fished Roaring River for more than 20 years, but never keeps a fish, he is all catch and release. ...
Waterfowl hunting season underway in south zone (12/05/15)
Weather suited for ducks greeted the opening weekend of waterfowl hunting in the state's south zone. The duck season in the south zone will continue through Jan. 24, 2016, while hunting for Canada geese will continue through Jan. 31, 2016. As the season opened in the south zone over the Thanksgiving weekend, hunters found a growing number of mallards moving into the state. ...
Deer hunting camps a favorite among hunters (11/21/15)
The 2015 firearm November portion brought out a lot of deer hunters across Missouri last Saturday. The opening day usually finds at least a quarter of the deer harvested during the 11-day season. The chances of a hunter getting a deer on any other day after the opening weekend falls off dramatically...
Deer seasons opens today (11/14/15)
Both ducks and deer hunters are ready for action as the statewide 11 day November portion of the deer season will open Saturday.Young duck hunters in the middle zone had their opening weekend last Saturday with good results. On opening day at Schell-Osage Conservation Area. ...
Young hunters partake in special weekend (11/07/15)
It was a special weekend for young hunters as both the Youth Deer and duck weekend youth hunts took place in the middle zone. The statewide youth hunt for deer was the 15th year youngsters, age six to 16 got a jump on their elders. The youngsters also got an early hunt for ducks in the middle zone...
Zebra mussels a potential hazard for boaters (10/24/15)
Charlie Campbell, of Forsythe, is a veteran angler at Bull Shoals Lake. Due to the recent high water levels at the lake, he hadn't fished it for awhile, but now that the water levels have fallen to a level that makes launching a boat easier, Campbell decided to go bass fishing. When Campbell and his wife, Wanda, started up the lake near Beaver Creek, they were shocked by a sight they had never before seen...
The peak days of Missouri turkey hunting (10/17/15)
The fall turkey season slipped up on me this year. Usually I've made plans a month in advance of opening day, but with all the summer-like weather, I guess I was thinking more about waterfowl season. When looking out the kitchen window this week and seeing six big turkeys in the yard, it was time to get serious about getting a Thanksgiving bird...
Weather cooperating for Fall floating and fishing (10/10/15)
Nevada Daily Mail Last Sunday was a good day for floating and fishing. The changing color of leaves was just getting started, the temperature was good and the river in good condition to float. The lack of a breeze made for an easy float as late summer turned into early fall. Within the next few weeks, the glow of autumn in the Ozarks should see the peak of color. A floating and fishing trip on any of the Ozark float streams is an experience never forgotten...
National Hunting and Fishing Day a hit (10/03/15)
Nevada Daily Mail National Hunting and Fishing Day was celebrated Sept. 26 by the more than 1.1 million anglers, a-half-million hunters, plus people who enjoy wildlife photography or just watch and enjoy Missouri's rich wildlife and natural resources...
Weather nearly perfect for opening of teal season (09/19/15)
Nevada Daily Mail Cooler weather last weekend made opening day of the teal season more like duck hunting for the hunters who hit the Schell-Osage Wildlife Area. Just prior to the start of the 2015 teal season, there were few teal using the area, but on Saturday morning hunters were pleasantly surprised to find more birds had moved into the pools of water, producing some good hunting to start off the season...
Area archers primed for deer-turkey season (09/14/15)
The number of area archers is still growing with many hunters getting ready for the Sept. 15 opening of the archery deer-turkey season. Veteran archer Jim Campbell got me started bow hunting more than 20 years ago. Jim was one of those archers who made his own bow and arrows. He said, "You can't get started too early."...
Teal hunting season slated to open Sept. 12 (09/05/15)
Nevada Daily Mail When the 2015 teal season opens, there should be plenty of places for the birds that have water. Fred Green, a veteran teal hunter said, " With all the rain we have had this year, most all the ponds and potholes should be good places to find birds when the season opens Sept. 12."...
Dove hunting season just around the corner (08/29/15)
September 1 falls on a Tuesday this year, so the good population of doves will have several days to dodge hunters before the big Labor Day weekend. That is fine with many hunters including George Franklin, a retiree who has spent many opening days at work...
The benefits of kayaking (08/22/15)
Jodi Wornell of Brighton, is the ultimate kayaker. She hits the water with her kayak at every opportunity. She has fished and floated nearly every stream in the Ozarks as well as many of the large impoundments and in other states. Last year she took a trip to New Zealand where she used a kayak in the ocean. Her favorite Ozark stream to float is the White River...
The benefits of kayaking (08/22/15)
Jodi Wornell of Brighton, is the ultimate kayaker. She hits the water with her kayak at every opportunity. She has fished and floated nearly every stream in the Ozarks as well as many of the large impoundments and in other states. Last year she took a trip to New Zealand where she used a kayak in the ocean. Her favorite Ozark stream to float is the White River...
Bluegill a top catch in Show Me State (08/15/15)
Nevada Daily Mail As we looked over a Vernon County farm pond during the late afternoon sunlight, we saw dimpling rises in the weeds along the shoreline. That was all we needed to know that there were bluegill in the pond. Out came the ultra-light fishing gear and the fun started...
Upcoming hunting seasons draw closer (08/10/15)
Although its early-August with all the heat and dog days ahead, it's hard to think that in less that a month, hunting seasons will be open for hunters who go after the small migratory birds. Dove hunters will start off September, their season opens and continues through Nov. 9 with a daily limit of 15 doves and a possession limit of 45 birds. Early indications show there are plenty of birds in the state today and hunting should be very good, at least for the first week of the season...
High water-levels present challenges for fishermen (08/01/15)
Nevada Daily Mail Angler Justin Whitlock of Springfield, doesn't let the high water or hot temperatures stop him from fishing. Last weekend, at Pomme de Terre, he was fishing from a dock at the State Park Marina. He said, "With all the high water and heat, this is the best place to try to catch fish."...
Wild cuisine: Tips on hunting and cooking mushrooms (07/28/15)
Nevada Daily Mail When many people think about hunting mushrooms, they think "morels." Moreover, many folks never think of July as a good time to hunt and find another excellent edible mushroom, but they are missing out on some of the best wild food available at this time of the year...
Too hot to fish? Not in Missouri (07/18/15)
Nevada Daily Mail It was about this time of the year when I got a call from a fishing friend suggesting we go crappie fishing. I thought the sun and the heat of July had gotten to him. He said "Really, the crappies and bass are hitting in the lake near my house. Meet me at the dock and I'll show you."...
'Tis the season to snag a Missouri catfish (07/11/15)
Nevada Daily Mail The catfish family can be separated by a simple criteria into two major groups that anglers try to catch: the large catfishes that include channel cats, flathead and blue catfish, all of which often weigh over 20 pounds; and the bullheads both yellow and brown, which rarely exceed four pounds...
How to become an official Missouri Master Angler (07/03/15)
Nevada Daily Mail Fishing for a lunker fish is exciting. The big fish caught or lost, is the subject of many campfire conversations, and is a common bond between anglers. It also supplies a lifetime memory as a special pride in fishing accomplishment any angler can resist...
Panfish aplenty during summer months in Missouri (06/27/15)
Nevada Daily Mail One of the most catchable fish in Missouri waters, especially in the summer months is the group known as panfish. The peak catching time is now. In late June and early July, concentrations of bluegills will be spawning along shallow lake or pond shores. Look for craters of round light spots on the bottom, which are the nest sites...
Bow hunting, fishing gaining popularity in Missouri (06/20/15)
Nevada Daily Mail What most people see when looking at a tree sapling is only a sapling. However when Lyle Shaulis looks at one, he sees a bow in the rough. Recently, Shaulis found a hickory sapling he thought would make a good longbow for hunting and fishing, so he took it home and started working it into a sturdy piece of hunting equipment...
Not so cute: Otters pose major hazard for pond owners (06/13/15)
Nevada Daily Mail River otters, the largest member of the weasel family, are cute and their playfulness endears them to many humans. But to many anglers and farm pond owners they are serious fish predators with the ability almost overnight to make a pond fishless...
Modern innovations not always embraced by fishing world (06/06/15)
Nevada Daily Mail After watching a Bassmasters tournament weigh-in, some onlookers were in agreement that the fishing world had really changed from the days when you would take a cane pole with a can of worms and head for the river or lake. Modern technology has given anglers a wide selection of sophisticated gear to help find fish fast. ...
Missouri squirrel season now underway (05/30/15)
Nevada Daily Mail With the big unofficial start of the summer outdoor season, campers, boaters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts were ready to take advantage of the holiday. However, hunters like Randy Harper, Clinton, were able to get a jump start on the big weekend...
Southwest Missouri a treasure trove of ponds (05/23/15)
Nevada Daily Mail While traveling across the different areas of Missouri, it's hard not to notice all the small ponds, which were built to provide water for livestock. If a pond is larger than a half an acre, you can almost bet it holds a good population of largemouth bass, bluegill and maybe channel catfish...
Turtles on road a good sign of crappie on banks (05/16/15)
Nevada Daily Mail Harold Elliott, Mount Vernon, once told me that when the turtles are on the road, the crappie are on the bank. Recently I started seeing turtles on the road so I checked to see if the crappie were on the banks of both streams and lakes...
As turkey season winds down hunters should plan accordingly (05/09/15)
Nevada Daily Mail After the first two weeks of the three week spring turkey season, Missouri turkey hunters have taken 36,464 bearded birds. Prior to the opening, Jason Isabeel, Missouri Department of Conservation turkey biologist, said he looks for another good season...
14th annual Kids Fishing Day draws nearly 500 youth (05/02/15)
Nevada Daily Mail "It looks like Bennett Spring on opening day," said Fred Harper, Warsaw, as he looked over the one-half acre pond at the Lost Valley Fish Hatchery. The 14th annual Kids Fishing Day at the hatchery drew 476 youngsters along with parents, grandparents and other friends and relatives crowded around the pond...
Turkey with 10 beards bagged by young Missourian (04/25/15)
April 11, 2015 at 8 a.m., will be a date and time that 11 year-old Kooper Bay will never forget. For that was when he shot his first wild turkey gobbler. It wasn't just a turkey gobbler he shot, it was also a bird with 10 beards, scoring 179.25 by the National Wild Turkey Records, making it the third highest score in Missouri and ninth in the nation...
Hunt for morel mushrooms kicking into high gear (04/18/15)
Nevada Daily Mail Each April, there are three things that get outdoor minded people fired up. With good fishing as water warms ---- the fish get active and start spawning runs ---- the woods sound off with the sound of turkeys gobbling as the firearm spring turkey is about to open and hunting morel mushrooms gets underway...
Area turkey hunters prepare for spring (04/11/15)
Nevada Daily Mail It's turkey time! With some cooperation from the weather, this could well be another good spring season for Missouri turkey hunters. We know there are plenty of big toms roaming around the state. Kicking off the 2015 spring season, will be this weekend's annual Youth Hunt Weekend, followed by the regular three week season on April 20. ...
Spring crappie fishing typically plentiful (04/04/15)
Nevada Daily Mail Crappie anglers know that in April the fishing and catching can be excellent, as the fish move into the bank for the annual spawning run which makes an ideal situation for catching a limit of these tasty fish. Veteran crappie anglers say that if you can't catch fish in the spring, you just aren't a true crappie angler...
Hard to hook: Spring spoonbill season underway (03/28/15)
Nevada Daily Mail Whether you call it paddlefish, spoonbill, or shevelnose-cat, the snagging season for this living fossil began in Missouri on March 15. One of North America's largest freshwater fish will not take bait or lures, but must be snagged or grabbed with a hook, if an angler wants to catch one...
Statewide pheasant hunting numbers anybody's guess (03/21/15)
Nevada Daily Mail The news from the Missouri Department of Conservation that the pheasant hunting season this year will be open statewide, doesn't mean that the numbers of the popular game- bird has increased. Beth Emmerich, research scientist for MDC, said, "Having a statewide season on pheasants will eliminate some of the confusion regarding pheasant hunting."...
Master Walleye circuit hits Stockton Lake (03/14/15)
Nevada Daily Mail For the first time in the 31 year history of the Cabela's Master Walleye Circuit, a tournament was held in Missouri. The event last weekend kicked off the circuit's 2015 season and drew anglers from 10 states as much warmer weather welcomed the 44 walleye anglers to Stockton lake...
Time to get the tackle boxes in order (03/07/15)
Every angler should be acquainted with Kipling's outdoor poetry, not simply because of its artistry and musical quality, but because it sounds like the depths of a man's soul and possesses understanding and appreciativeness acquired by experience. It is March, and though belated blizzards come roaring down from the north, blotting out the sun and burying the earth with white, our spirits rise for we know it cannot last long. Spring and the good fishing lie just around the corner...
State trout parks set to open Sunday (02/28/15)
The countdown is about to end on the opening day at Missouri's trout parks. Of course, fishing never stops in Missouri, but there's something special about the annual trout fishing in the four trout parks on March 1. There won't be much elbow room for tossing a lure this opening day, which falls on a Sunday. Robert Sikes at the Bennett Spring State Park store, said, "When the opening day falls on a Sunday, we expect more anglers than on any other day."...
Duo promotes shed hunting at Ozarks Hunt and Fish Show (02/21/15)
Last weekend, as I looked out my kitchen window, I saw several deer feeding on acorns under a big oak tree. Several of the deer stood out as their antlers gleamed in the sunlight. This signified to me that it was time to start looking for shed antlers. Now that most of the hunting seasons have ended, including rabbit and squirrel, antler hunting gives hunters a winter diversion that has its rewards...
Ruggles takes top honors at Bass Tournament (02/14/15)
There were several firsts in the recent Polar Bear Bass Tournament held Sunday on Stockton Lake. Ashley Ruggles, a senior at Hillcrest High School, along with her mother, were the only females in the tournament. The 17-year old student proved her fishing ability by bringing the limit of five bass to the weigh-in that weighed more than 17 pounds including one fish that tipped the scales at more than 7 pounds...
Excellent trout fishing awaits at Missouri lake (02/07/15)
With the temperature in the 60s and even 70s for the first Missouri Conservation Federation's Media Camp at Lilley's Landing Resort on Lake Taneycomo Jan. 26-29, the trout anglers took advantage of some of the best winter trout fishing in the country...
Catch and release program gaining popularity (01/24/15)
Bennett Spring State Park's winter catch and release program is growing in popularity and with the spring-like weather over the last weekend, hundreds of anxious trout anglers were on hand to improve or maintain their fishing skills while waiting for the traditional March 1 start of the regular season in Missouri's trout parks...
Winter months can be favorable for hunting (01/17/15)
Don't tell a growing group of Missouri outdoorsmen, that there isn't anything to do in January or February in the outdoors. In fact, they say, they keep as busy then as they do in the summer months. Many Missourians finds plenty of things to do in the Ozark outdoors during the winter months. Hunting seasons are still going on for several species including rabbits, squirrel, goose and ducks...
Regulated trapping beneficial to society (01/10/15)
It's the time of the year when a breed of outdoor people don't mind wading in icy water and cold temperatures to pursue their sport of trapping. More than 11,000 Missouri trappers face the challenge of catching a long list of furbearers with traps they have set...
Area hot spots for cold weather angling (01/02/15)
Nevada Daily Mail The day after Christmas, area lakes saw anglers catching fish in spite of the cold weather. Anglers at Table Rock, Pomme de Terre, Stockton, Truman and the Lake of the Ozarks had fishermen casting lures. For the past 15 years, Tom Smith and Fred Stark, of Des Moines, Iowa, have made trips to fish in some of the area lakes just prior to the annual Kansas City Sportshow. ...
Canada geese population fast rising (12/25/14)
Although the duck season in the north zone has ended and will close in the middle zone on Dec. 30, the south zone will continue through Jan 25. Canada goose hunters will see their season run through Jan. 31. Recently, I was reminded of how hunting for Canada geese has changed over the years. As a youngster, I remember if a hunter shot a Canada goose, it was a big deal, like a once-in-a lifetime event...
Winter months good for outdoor activities (12/13/14)
Nevada Daily Mail December is nearly half gone and a lot of outdoorsmen and women can't wait until spring to get outside, and there are many others who look forward to the winter months for a variety of reasons. Hunters like Carl Ferguson, of Sedalia, who has hunted rabbits for more than 40 years, said, "That first snow means it's time to go rabbit hunting. ...
Reminiscing of hunting in days past (12/06/14)
Nevada Daily Mail When I was a kid growing up, I loved winter. There was snow to sled and ride on, rabbits, quail and ducks to hunt. Frozen feet, numb hands and a dripping nose were no problem. It started on November 10, when the quail season opened and there were plenty of them to hunt, the same with rabbits. The ducks had started to move into our area and hunting them was no problem...
Hymer turns houseboat into dreamboat for fishing exploits (11/29/14)
Nevada Daily Mail Dennis Hymer of Strafford, is a serious crappie fisherman. He catches crappie in all of the four seasons. In the spring, when the fish are spawning, he said "the catching is easy." In the summer he goes a little deeper. In the fall and winter, he is still pulling crappie from the lake and has come up with a way to fish indoors when the temperature gets below freezing...
Arctic blast a boon for duck hunters (11/22/14)
Last week, the Arctic weather caused a huge push of migrating waterfowl into Missouri that has made area duck hunters happy. Hunters from all across the state have tried their luck at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area near El Dorado Springs. A large concentration of the popular mallard ducks along with thousands of snow geese have stopped at the area to rest and feed on their way south...
November portion of firearm deer season kicks off today (11/15/14)
Nevada Daily Mail Missouri deer hunters are getting ready for opening day of the November portion of the statewide firearm season. Today, more than 400,000 orange clad deer hunters will kick off the 2014 November portion of the firearm deer season ---- looking for a trophy buck or a nice size doe. Many of the first weekend hunters will be rewarded as opening day and weekend usually results in a sizable harvest of up to 80 percent of the 11-day season...
Quail numbers could be on the rise this season (11/08/14)
Nevada Daily Mail Last Saturday, Nov. 1, started the 2014-15 quail season, much to the delight of many area hunters. After years of declining quail numbers, a glimmer of hope for the upcoming season should see a slight increase of the numbers of this popular game bird...
Ken White
Outdoor Living