The Past Year
  • Tree of the Month: Cemetery trees

    Have you ever been driving down the highway or through an unfamiliar town and see a beautiful row of trees ahead, and as you passed, you realized that those trees lived in a cemetery?  Many times when going to look at a state champion tree, I ...

  • Bow shooting & it’s benefits

    Last year’s deer season, my cousin, Sam, who is 16, solely relied on bow hunting alone. Since all I’ve ever done was rifle hunt I was quite confused. Why would he want to bow hunt? You have to wait for them to get as close as 30 yards if you’re ...

  • Wild times at the White River’s North Fork

    I took a mini vacation a few weeks ago and camped at the North Fork Recreation Area (locally known as Hammond Camp) in the Mark Twain National Forest near Dora, Mo. Besides spending some time trout fishing, I also wanted to hike the Devil’s ...

  • Cool July mornings equal hot topwater action

    A friend had called the previous evening inviting me to the early morning rendezvous. “Bass are hitting like crazy,” he had said. The kitchen light of the old farmhouse shined dimly through the window pane as I pulled under the soft maple tree ...

  • Deer season preparation starts right now

    This past turkey season, I was fortunate enough to be able to find several shed antlers from bucks that I have hunted over the past couple of years. Even though I was focused on turkey hunting, finding these antlers made me start thinking about ...

  • Spring Scouts enjoy camping in Missouri with their leaders

    The Scouts in Park Hills, Mo., love to camp and so do their leaders. During the five weekends in May three of those were taken up with camping for the units chartered to the First United Methodist Church. Cub Scout Pack 3417, Boy Scout Troop ...

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosts family festivities

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake welcomes everyone for the Fourth of July weekend at Wappapello Lake. The weekend will be filled with events for the entire family. Festivities will start on Friday, July 3, and end Sunday, July ...

  • Popularity of Alley Spring has spread around the world

    If there was a “bucket list” of favorite places to visit in the Ozarks, then Alley Spring near Eminence would most certainly be included. Nestled in the Ozarks in Shannon County, Alley Spring is a favorite spot for family reunions, picnics, ...

  • Worried parents plan to build a treehouse for their kids

    I usually write about a tree each month, but this month I was inspired to stray from my typical “tree of the month” subject just a bit. My wife, DJ, and I were in our backyard and we began to realize that our 9-year old-son didn’t have much to ...

  • The internet is obstruent of important traditions

    When I told my grandpa about this article, he claimed it didn’t make any sense and my brothers agreed. Allow me to explain. All the elders learned survival techniques and tips from their fathers and grandfathers. Now that we have the Internet, ...

  • Bothersome black bear of Perryville euthanized

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirms that a black bear was euthanized by local law enforcement Sunday, June 13, in Perryville. According to MDC Wildlife Regional Supervisor Matt Bowyer, this was a situational call by local law ...

  • Frogging season begins June 30 at sunset

    MDC encourages families to celebrate summer by taking part in frogging season. Missourians are encouraged to discover nature this summer — and one fun and exciting way is through frogging. Frogging season begins Tuesday, June 30, at sunset and ...

  • Come learn about the hidden history of the Trail of Tears

    Seven new wayside exhibits will be unveiled at 9 a.m. Friday, June 19, in Laughlin Park at Roubidoux Springs in Waynesville, Mo. Following the dedication will be a reception with refreshments. After the reception, guests are invited to view the ...

  • Temporary closure of Devils Well announced

    Ozark National Scenic Riverways has announced that the stairwell and viewing platform over Devils Well will be temporarily closed to the public on June 24-25 so that researchers may conduct biological monitoring of the underground spring system ...

  • Dangerous entrances to the Einstein Silver Mine closed

    A very unique project was completed on the Mark Twain National Forest earlier this month. Four entrances to the abandoned and unstable Einstein Silver Mine were closed to ensure public safety. The project area is located across the St. Francis ...