October is the best outdoors month in the Midwest

If I were in charge, every month would be October except for April. There is not enough time in October to scratch the surface of all the outdoor opportunities the month offers across the Midwest. If you’re like me, it’s the best month to do what you love in your home state. Keep in mind, […]

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Fall turkey hunting a dying tradition

Friends and I were talking the other day about the future of hunting. Our optimism isn’t great. We know national numbers are declining, but because of our rural way of life, it doesn’t seem like hunting is in trouble because for us, it’s not, at least close to home. Speaking nationally, though, the future looks […]

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Traveler fears too much time in one perfect place

With Labor Day behind us, and cooler temperatures setting in, it’s time to start the process of reflecting on another summer gone by. Plenty of trips were taken, and many memories were made, but now having been the proud owner of a rural retreat for three summers, I’m beginning to wonder if some of the […]

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Early Archery Season Offers Escape

Perhaps more so than in any other year of my life, I am ready for archery deer season to open. Thankfully, the wait is just about over. Archery season for deer opens September 15 in Missouri. As often as possible this fall, I plan to escape into a forest where the squirrels and rabbits and […]

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Agriculture and Conservation Partnership Key to Land, Water and Air Quality

One of the great frustrations of my life’s work is the divide between conservation and agriculture. Growing up hunting on farms across northern Indiana, I came to look at these working properties as magical places. To this day, nothing compares to sitting watch over a picked cornfield on a frosty November morning waiting on a […]

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Memories of Past Trips Valuable during Pandemic

Before I had my driver’s license, I took my parent’s car for a joy ride. They were supposed to be gone overnight. But when the bag phone rang and I saw my home number as the caller, I knew I was in deep trouble. It was early June. I stayed grounded for the rest of […]

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Initiative Seeks Access to Landlocked Public Lands

You own 16.17 million acres of land you cannot access. Throughout 15 states, most of them out west, parcels of public land surrounded by private property are landlocked from public access. Leaving neighboring landowners to solely benefit from a public resource. Obviously, this is a problem. 

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