Conservation Federation Convention is Citizens’ Opportunity for Input

Citizens often wonder how their voice can be heard when it comes to helping set the direction of conservation and natural resource management in Missouri. The best answer I know of is to become an active member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM). Of course, I work for the Conservation Federation, so my opinion […]

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Muskie Fishing the Natural Lakes of Northern Indiana

Is it muskie or musky? According to Jed Pearson, a fisheries biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife, either abbreviation of Esox masquinongy is appropriate. No matter how you spell their name, one thing is for certain; fishing for muskie is an addictive challenge. And surprisingly, one of the […]

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Keep a Diversity of Bass Baits in Your Tackle Box

Bass fishing baits have changed quite a bit since James Heddon hand-carved a frog lure from a piece of wood he picked up on the way to a local fishing hole in the 1890s. Mr. Heddon’s lure must have worked alright, seeing as how he went on to establish a major tackle business. Of course, […]

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Gain Private Land Hunting Permission Now

Obtaining permission to hunt on private land is a growing concern many of us share. It’s becoming harder and harder. Too many hunters wait until the month just before deer season to try and acquire permissions, but now is the time to start working on your next great hunting spot. Missouri hunters are fortunate to […]

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Legislation aims to rob Missouri of conservation resources

Most weeks, I have the good fortune to write about positive adventures and activities in the outdoors. I wish all I had to share were fun times and good news, but I wouldn’t be doing you justice if occasionally I didn’t take you deeper into political issues and other roadblocks to a brighter future for […]

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Pokagon State Park an Outdoors Destination for Winter

Pokagon State Park, located in the northeast corner of Indiana near Angola, features ice fishing, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and a one-of-a-kind toboggan run. Visiting Pokagon during the winter has become an annual tradition for many Hoosier families. With the beautiful Potawatomi Inn onsite, Pokagon is the perfect place to spend a few days relaxing and […]

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Three Down, Three to Go to Complete World Turkey Slam

There is nothing I enjoy more than traveling somewhere new to hunt. I’ve never been into the trophy aspect of hunting, and antler inches and beard lengths do not motivate me. But seeing a sunrise over a new horizon trips my trigger, so I set personal goals that require travel to complete. I’m trying to […]

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