Explore Big Raccoon Creek in Covered Bridge Country

During my college years at Purdue, I came to know the abundance of outdoor opportunities creeks provide. Like many in this state, Sugar Creek was the first to draw my attention, with top-notch camping opportunities abound in the area. Turkey Run and Shades are both beautiful State Parks that provide access to the creek for […]

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Kayaking opportunities abound across Missouri

There are many advantages to a kayak. They’re usually light, making them easy to transport and control. One person can handle most. You can take them anywhere. They’ll fit on top of most vehicles. Kayaks also provide exercise. They don’t use gas or batteries, so they’re environmentally sound. The list can go on. Here are […]

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Be prepared for youth turkey season

After three years in a row of my youth turkey hunting partner taking a bird, last year ended in a miss. I blame myself. My partner was not as prepared for his first hunt as he should have been. I won’t make that mistake again. Youth turkey season is my favorite weekend of the year. […]

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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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