Outdoors in the Ozarks
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There are some problems this time of year for an outdoorsman who takes to the woods. It is the beginning of a more aggressive situation with copperheads due to the heat and skin-shedding time. And … more
I see lots of things outdoors that are hard to believe, but what I saw this past week is one of the weirdest things ever. It was outdoors just outside my workshop-fishing- hunting-book storage and … more
I have been contacted by several readers about the Buffalo River float trip I am going to conduct on Saturday, Oct. 28. It is going to be an all day interpretive trip on the river celebrating the … more
Fifty years ago this summer I was working at Buffalo River as a naturalist for the National Park Service. It was a grand time and I loved it. In October you can help me celebrate those days and my … more
We had a good meeting at Buffalo, on Sunday to kick off our “Common Sense Conservationist” membership drive. We had representatives from Owensville, Ellington, Farmington, Conway, … more
Along the Ozark streams, a favorite place of mine nowadays, as it gets hot and muggy, there comes the cry of a strange type of crow, a kind of caw that sounds like the black rascal is choking on … more
When I think of all the fascinating things I have seen in this natural world I have been exploring well over 40 years, one of the most fascinating is a little snake that my grandmother told me was a … more
I want to make people aware of what they will never hear anywhere else. I wrote about killing blacksnakes and black vultures and brown-headed cowbirds and I ran into a self-appointed wanna-be … more
I said in last week’s column that I would write about the fourth venomous snake in the Ozarks and I will. That snake is the hog-nosed snake, or spreading adder, as it is also known. Yes, it has … more
A local game warden got himself a radio show on a Lebanon, Missouri radio station several years ago and he ended it each week with this statement, “Remember, if we (the MDC) don’t say you … more
I was just in the right place at the right time to see it, and it didn’t last long. A hawk came out of the timber and passed across a small opening in the woods with a cluster of oak leaves in … more
What I am fixin’ to tell you now about a fascinating bird, is not what I learned from the ornithology professors in college and what they taught about the great blue heron, it is from what I … more
A collared dove came up to visit Lightnin’ Ridge yesterday. My wooded ridgetop is of little interest to him as far as a nesting site. Mourning doves fly up here and feed on bird-feeder seed … more
Night fishing under submerged lights has supplied me with some great fishing memories and stories. I thought the other day about the great fishing Bull Shoals Lake had produced back when I lived in … more
Rock bass are to Ozark flowing streams what crappie are to reservoirs. Creel census figures show that they make up the largest percentage of fish caught and fish kept by stream fishermen in the … more
I love the outdoor life I live because all day long when I am on the river or exploring the woods, I see spectacular things that remind me that God is still in charge somewhere, though those places … more
I have decided that turkey hunting and life in general have a great number of similarities. For instance, sometimes in life, striving for the goal is more enjoyable than reaching it and accomplishing … more
I hunted wild gobblers for 50 years… but no more. The first hunt I went on was in the Ouachita Mountains in 1970 at a place called Muddy Creek WMA with an Arkansas Fish and Game biologist by … more
Here is your chance to get a free turkey call and eat a free fish dinner. Last December I started trying to help an old country church to get going again. It is the Brown Hill country church a … more
I was on the river last week the day before the storm, all by myself. I fished for a couple of hours without seeing a fish. For this late in the spring’s beginning, the water was very cold, as … more
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