From the February archives of the River Hills Traveler:

5 years ago

• Last summer was perhaps the best fishing season I’ve ever had and I’ve had a lot of great summertime fishing in my life.

I must attribute a big part of my success to two well recognized stream fishermen — longtime River Hills Traveler writers Bill Cooper and Charlie Slovensky.

No, I did not get to go fishing with either bronzeback expert, nor did I call them for advice. Instead, I read their articles and got to thinking and that led to one thing after another. I was soon off to the races as far as my fishing adventures went. (Greg Rudi Rudroff)

• A little more than a year ago a Reynolds County trapper caught the first mountain lion to be captured alive in recent Missouri history.

In the 12 months since, the Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed 11 more big cat sightings. The number of annual confirmed sightings continues to climb, yet the MDC holds to its story that the state has no breeding population of mountain lions. (Doug Smith)

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