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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Montana’s Milk River is a dream for deer hunters

A buddy of mine and I were talking the other day about what a shame it is we can’t be retired during our 30s and 40s in exchange for working later in life. I know by the time we reach our 70s, we won’t want to work either, but having time to roam while our […]

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The MeatEater makes a turkey trip to Missouri

There’s an old adage about not meeting your heroes because you’ll likely be disappointed. My time with Steven Rinella dispels this assertion. The man behind the popular outdoor platform “MeatEater” is every bit the outdoorsman and authentic communicator he comes across as through his writing and on his television show and podcast. At the end […]

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Hard work makes dreams of youth come true

My first hunting camp was a small space under the stairs leading to the basement of the house I grew up in. With a wall on one side and my father’s desk on the other, there was just enough room to spread out my camouflage G.I. Joe sleeping bag next to a gun cabinet I […]

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Youth turkey harvest way down, but spirits up

Youth turkey season was pretty tough this year. Cold weather and a late spring made for a challenging two-day hunt. It was all the way down to 19 degrees on Saturday morning where we were hunting in central Missouri. Kids were bundled up like it was a late season deer hunt. But youth hunting isn’t […]

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