Waterfowl Stories Propel Wetlands Conservation

John Gordon has a tough job. He produces Ducks Unlimited TV. I know, it sounds glamorous, but each year, he has to come up with a 13-episode season to inspire hunters to pursue waterfowl with an ethic that lends a helping hand to our landscape. Conservation is hardly covered in school. It’s either passed down […]

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Fall is a Great Time for Crappie

Crappie fishing isn’t the first outdoor activity that comes to mind for most sportsmen in the fall. But if you ask professional crappie angler, Travis Bunting, when the best time of year to shoot docks for crappie is, he’ll say fall is hard to beat. Travis and his father, Charlie, are one of the top […]

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Works to Support Public Land Access

When I was living in Montana, I hunted elk. Not so successfully, as I’ve only one cow to my credit, but I burned some boot leather, and saw a lot of beautiful country. One specific area I found particularly enchanting was the Crazy Mountains. The Crazy Mountains are about 100 miles north of Yellowstone National […]

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Never Hunt from a Treestand Without Safety Support

Deer hunters across the country are busy making final preparations for the upcoming season. A large part of those preparations is hanging treestands and clearing shooting lanes. Safety is paramount when sitting in and climbing trees. Phillip Vanderpool, host of the popular online hunting show The Virtue TV, knows all too well about the devastating […]

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Missouri Supreme Court Rules All Deer Are Wildlife

It took five years and millions of dollars to settle an argument that should have never happened. But the buck has stopped at the Missouri Supreme Court, which July 3 unanimously ruled all deer are wildlife. How did we get to a point where such an argument had to be made? The “Captive Cervid Industry” […]

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Spring bluegill fishing a favorite pastime

With a quick snap of my wrist, I set the hook into another hearty bluegill and raise the purple and black bull from the water. Swinging the chunky keeper into the boat, I smile as thoughts of summer fish fries dance in my head. I drop him in the cooler and thread another cricket on […]

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Natural Resources Students Inspire Hope for Future

My first semester as an adjunct instructor at the University of Missouri ended last week. I taught a class I created called Communications in Natural Resources. It was an experience I’ll treasure forever. Over the course of 15 weeks, I came to realize if my students are a reflection of their generation, the future of […]

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