Outdoors in the Ozarks
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It is amazing to me what a drought we have gone through for two months throughout the Ozarks, after the high water from heavy rains in the early summer. Seems like we are living in a day of feast or … more
My dad and I had lots of talks on river gravel bars; from the time I was a boy to the years after I had kids of my own. I remember in particular, a time in the fall when I was home from college, … more
A couple of years back, I wrote about a surefire way to destroy fall webworms by using a long pole with a newspaper page or two taped to the end. What I do is set fire to the paper, hold it up … more
I think if it stays cool I may go out and bow-hunt on the backside of my place, along the oak-hickory ridge where acorns are dropping. I am going to be sitting in a tree-stand hunting whitetail deer. … more
A teal is a duck… a little duck about half the size of a half-grown chicken. Most of them have a wingspan just shy of 24 inches and a weight just shy of a pound. There are blue-winged teal and … more
Most all waters in the Midwest have catfish, but if you want to eat some, you should go after those in ponds, lakes or rivers that are not muddy or of substandard water quality. Preparing for a … more
Some years back I took a pair of northerners on an Ozark float trip and in mid-afternoon dark clouds began to form to the west, with the ominous roll of thunder in the distance. I knew of a big, … more
Dove season has opened by the time you read this. There are dozens of them here on Lightnin’ Ridge, feeding beneath the bird feeders, nesting and raising young and then watering at my pond just … more
A lady sent me an email about finding a dead buck deer in her pond, and another reader called to say he had found one in his pond too. Both were afraid the deer had Transmissible Spongiform … more
I don’t think this land registration thing is going well for the Missouri Department of Conservation. I and many other landowners have vowed to hunt on our own land this year without … more
I volunteered to fry fish for those who come to a class reunion at Houston, Mo in mid-September, so this past week my daughter and I took the old johnboat down to the river not far from … more
It is unusual for the Ozarks to get so much rain in July, but it certainly doesn’t hurt fishing, especially in streams. When I was a kid, any summer rain that raised the Big Piney and made … more
If I had to pick a half-dozen lures to take with me all the time no matter where I intended to fish, one of them would no doubt be the celebrated floating Rapala. While we were in Canada a few … more
About three years ago I sat in the Jefferson City offices of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Enforcement Chief Larry Yamnitz.  Missouri citizens need to know his direct words to … more
Somewhere out there, there is someone who owns a boat I am looking for. The history of that boat is something that goes back to my grandfather more than 100 years ago. He and his brother built his … more
I remember catching frogs from the river when I was only about 13 or 14 years old. We used carbide headlamps like miners used, with polished globes. My goodness, there are lights today that bullfrogs … more
I try to always do the right thing. But it hasn’t always been that way. I stole a candy bar once when I was five or six years old, but nothing since! Grandma and Grandpa McNew would go into … more
Down at the pool hall when I was a kid I heard some front bench regulars talking about the funeral they had went to. They said of the fellow being laid to rest that he was a guy who would give you … more
I have a bait box in my basement that is made for crickets. Personally, I never used crickets, I always had minnows and night-crawlers and crayfish for most of my serious fishing as a kid. On one … more
We first fished together fifty-some years ago, when we were teenagers in college. He was from the Current River country around Doniphan, and I had never been far from the Big Piney. Today Dennis … more
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