Five must fish destinations for smallmouth bass

Smallmouth bass are known to be the hardest fighting fish, pound for pound, swimming in fresh water. Throughout the Midwest, they are found from the Great Lakes to tiny Ozark streams. They live in some of the prettiest waters to explore. Which makes fishing for them even more enjoyable. I’ve often said, if I had […]

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Stan, Smitty, and Horicon

A story written thousands of times. Sometimes for the reader, often for the writer. Every hunter occasionally dips their cup into a barrel of well fermented memories looking for one more intoxicating sip, and in the fog of aging recollections, they ground-truth the result of their experiences.

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Take Precautions to Prevent Wildfires in Dry Weather

Fire danger is a serious threat to much of the country. Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Washington and many more states are currently battling wildfires. While lightning and other natural causes are responsible for some of these fires, human error can be blamed for many. Precaution could save tens of thousands of acres […]

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Summer Crappie Bite Better than Expected

Sweat was already dripping from my forehead at sunrise. Crappie fishing during the peak of summer when the heat index is 105 degrees seems illogical. But it quickly begins to make sense when you boat three slabs in the first 10 minutes. Surprisingly, the heat of summer can produce some incredible crappie fishing days. 

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Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest Offers Outstanding Recreational Opportunity

The Mark Twain National Forest is comprised of 1.5 million acres spread out across much of Southern Missouri. It stretches through 29 counties. Rolla, Salem and Poplar Bluff are cities near the Mark Twain National Forest. Scattered throughout are small towns like Ava, Bunker, Doniphan, Van Buren and Winona. The forest is far from contiguous. […]

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Beat the heat with a summer float trip

A float trip is one of the most fun and simple ways to spend time outdoors during the peak of summer. It’s doesn’t take much equipment, because just about everything you need can be rented. Liveries exist on many rivers throughout the Midwest. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting can be enjoyed on just about any flowing […]

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No Trespassing

As a youngster, I remember stepping over a landowner’s fence to pursue a pheasant I had flushed. Would I be seen? Would anyone know what I have done? Were there spies lurking behind the trees watching and waiting? Would I trigger some unseen alarm bringing the landowner to confrontation?

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