Outdoors in the Ozarks
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A Question from a reader… Is a garfish good to eat? Some say they are. Answer: There are four species of gar in the Midwest but only one is the scourge of Ozark streams. That is the … more
The pool hall was empty except for me and Preacher Lampkin. He had been trying his best to answer my religious-oriented questions. I ‘spect he was in his 60’s and I had turned 14 that … more
I watched as a mother wood-duck crossed an old road high on a ridge top, closely followed by three ducklings which I am sure had hatched that very day. She was a good quarter-mile from the river, but … more
I once shook Harry Truman’s hand, and I have to admit that I was impressed with him, even though I was only about six at the time. He was there dedicating a new hospital and he bent over and … more
John Hoskins and I became acquainted in the 1980’s, when he was a regional supervisor for the Conservation Commission Enforcement division over southern Missouri. He came to my home in the … more
I spoke to a college ornithology class about birds a few years back. I think my talk went over really well except for my woodpecker recipes. I myself have had a great fascination with birds since I … more
About an hour before sunset I maneuvered the big pontoon boat across the wide and windy waters of Stockton Lake. I found a good spot of calm water out of the wind, off an eastern-facing bluff. I … more
The best time of the year to take a two- or three-day float trip is during early May, if you can plan around the high water and thunderstorms this time of year. It is usually warm enough during … more
An old man in the rural part of St. Clair County successfully worked to keep wild turkeys plentiful on his place. For 15 years he did a heck of a job! His name was Dan Besser. He bought some … more
I encourage old time turkey hunters to refrain from buying a turkey tag this spring and hunt them as I do… with a camera. I just don’t want to kill any more gobblers. I have killed them … more
The decline in wild turkey numbers over the past ten years is due to many things. The main cause takes place next weekend, the youth season, what one hunter has referred to the weekend best used to … more
I wrote about some things awhile back that some folks questioned. One column concerned skunks and someone hoorahed the idea that skunks carry rabies and therefore there is liable to be a rabies … more
Mont Cleary was not well-liked. Folks said he had killed a man in the 40s after a poker game on the river by pushing him over a bluff. Argis Blackfern was a good old boy that everyone in the … more
It was two o’clock in the afternoon before we got to the lake, and it was up a little but not much. The water was just a little murky, but there was still a few feet or so of visibility in it. … more
Jerry McCoy, who is one of the best north Arkansas guides, especially for White River trout, will be at our swap meet on Saturday with all kinds of antique and modern fishing gear and antique lures. … more
All through the fall hunting season, those of us who love to hunt waterfowl prayed for rain.   The one thing you need for great duck hunting is plenty of water, and we just didn’t have it. … more
A strange thing is happening out in California, where people are starting to live in caves. If you remember, I wrote about my grandfather and I staying in caves on the Big Piney River in the 60s. We … more
For most of two hours, the little beagle had struck trail after trail, and hotly pursued a half dozen cottontails in circles that wound around broamsedge, cedar thickets and patches of briar and … more
When I am hunting and fishing now I am almost always alone and I have conversations with myself. Some say that when someone does that, it is an indication that they are crazier than a pet coon, but I … more
The last few days of deer season are tough. Those final days for me occur at the close of the ‘muzzle- loader season” when whitetail deer are almost finished with the ‘rut’ … more
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