Turkey Scouting Video

Scouting can make all the difference in the success of your turkey season. This interaction occurred at 7 a.m. on April 2 in southeast Missouri while I was out trying to locate some birds for the youth season. Normally, I wouldn’t mess with a bird this bad and risk educating him. But, one this isn’t […]

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Spring Turkey Season Needed More Than Ever

Two miles of hiking along a forested ridge top logging road put me on top of the tallest mountain around an hour before sunrise. Nestled up next to a blowdown oak, I poured a cup of coffee from grandpa’s old Stanley thermos and waited on the first gobble of the morning.

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Time Spent Outdoors is the Answer for Isolation

Being a hunter has many advantages. Yet, I never thought preparedness for isolation from my fellow Americans was one of them. In these strange times, I find myself fine with the idea of social distancing. It’s something I have doing on purpose for the last 30 years. 

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Professional Bowhunters Society Promotes Traditional Ways 

With so many legal means of modern hunting, gun hunting, bow hunting, crossbow hunting, etc., each group likes to shout from the tallest mountain that their way is the right way. Traditional bowhunters choose to use equipment that is free of mechanical advancements. Longbows, selfbows, and recurve bows are the tools of a traditionalist’s trade. […]

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State Rep Back Peddles Attack on Share the Harvest

Share the Harvest is a nationally recognized venison donation program and a point of pride for Missouri deer hunters. In 2019, hunters donated 6,795 deer to Share the Harvest, which totaled 348,535 pounds. That amount of meat, once distributed by local food pantries, will amount to over 2 million meals for Missouri families in need. […]

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Winter is the Time to Catch Smallmouth Bass

Some trips are a must do every year. For me, fishing the Current River in the winter with Billy Smith is at the top of that list.  Smith owns and operates Scenic Rivers Guide Service and Tours and no one I know has a better grasp on boating cold weather smallies than he does. With […]

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Conservation Commission Faces Legislative Attacks over Feral Hogs

Most people pay no attention to state politics. Your life is full. I get it. Mine is too. But if you care about the quality of life in your local community, state and country, but do not engage at all in the process of making the laws by which you are governed, then you should […]

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