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62 paddlers journey 100 miles on the Missouri River

On Friday, Sept. 23, people from across the state began gathering in Hermann, Mo., to begin a five-day journey down the last 100 miles of the Missouri River. For me, feelings of excitement offset with…



Deer camp meals serve to strengthen the bonds of friends and families as they gather around communal fires to consume a meal together.

Killer deer camp meals

Archaeologists and kindred kind believe that the use of tools became the turning point for the development of the human line of animals. I thoroughly disagree. When one considers the ancient ceremonial rituals surrounding the…



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Try those black walnuts in your backyard

It’s the time of year when walnuts will start dropping off their trees. “Picking these walnuts up to sell can be a great moneymaker, but don’t forget that you can actually eat those nuts,” said…


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Go see what Carver Monument has to offer

George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Mo., celebrated its 73rd anniversary with Carver Days in July.  “Carver Days celebrates the life and successes of George Washington Carver, and it’s a celebration of the establishment…


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Is it cool to harvest a doe?

Do you remember your first deer hunt that you ever went on? Your excitement level was probably through the roof. It didn’t matter if it was a doe or a buck, you were just happy…



While a foal tags along with its mother, Darryl Coates and Ashlee Hughes lead a team of Shire draft horses over a farm road.

Hermann Farm and Museum opens for tours

Hermann, Mo. – Jim and Mary Dierberg’s Hermann Farm and Museum opened in May, offering visitors a trip back in time to see how the first German immigrants lived and farmed after arriving in 1837 in…


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Winter trout fishing kicks off in early November

MDC staff will stock 73,000 of the cold-water-loving fish in 32 urban-area lakes throughout the state. MDC staff will stock 73,000 of the cold-water-loving fish in 32 urban-area lakes throughout the state. The Missouri Department…


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Pumpkin: jack-o’-lantern of all trades

This fall millions of Americans will make an annual pilgrimage to a retail outlet to purchase a vegetable that, unfortunately, they are very unlikely to eat, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. While…



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The Ozarks version of meditation

I think everyone in America could benefit by emulating Jed Clampett in a lot of ways, but one way in particular. When Jed – the family patriarch in the popular 1960s television show “The Beverly…


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Vintage Ozarks: The Ruth in Linn Creek

Real photo postcard. J.W. Farmer. Linn Creek. MO. LOVE this photograph! You can sense the excitement of a boat’s arrival in river towns: “Steamboat’s a-comin’! Steamboat’s a-comin’!” Everyone in Linn Creek headed to the docks to see…


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Shoot does for better herd management

When it comes to knowing and hunting deer, most of us probably consider ourselves pretty well versed. I have found, however, that there are some whose knowledge and experience go far beyond my own on…


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Technology is reconnecting us with Mother Nature

How the millennials experience the outdoors looks much different than how previous generations experienced it. The millennials (children born between the early 1980s and early 2000s) now outnumber the baby-boomers to occupy the nation’s largest…