Outdoors

The Trout of Taneycomo

The Trout of Taneycomo

Running Ozark lunkers with guide and artist Duane Doty by Kenneth L. Kieser Few challenges match guiding on Lake Taneycomo. The problem is, a fishing guide is constantly at the mercy of rising or falling water levels caused by water released from Table Rock Dam that...

Happy Hunting

Happy Hunting

Things to know before heading afield this fall From the Bootheel to the Loess Hills, fall finds plenty of Missourians heading to tree stands, blinds and deer camps for their favorite season. Whether you’re mentoring a new hunter during youth firearms season or a...

Where The Bison Roam

Where The Bison Roam

Nature is nurtured at Dunn Ranch Prairie At first glance, a place as vast, unique and complex as Dunn Ranch Prairie defies a simple description. Adam McLane, state director for the Missouri chapter of The Nature Conservancy, can boil it down to a single word:...

“Fin”ishing School

“Fin”ishing School

For the better part of 135 years, the mouth of Hearrell Spring has fed millions of fish to the nation’s streams through the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Established by an act of Congress in 1888, it’s the oldest federal hatchery in operation today and since that...

Casts From The Past

Casts From The Past

by Kenneth L. Kieser  |  info@ruralmissouri.coop Branson’s History of Fishing Museum features a collection of lures and other items valued at $6 million. Curator Bill Bramsch makes a visit there more enjoyable with amazing stories about this vintage tackle and those...

Fun at Fellows Lake

Fun at Fellows Lake

For Matt Taylor, the magnetic draw of the lake is in his blood. As a two-year-old he played on the bank while his father fished. A decade or so later, Fellows was where he developed a lifelong love of sailing. “This lake is incredibly fickle,” he says, with a smile...

Backyard Paradise

Backyard Paradise

John Hess explores Brawley Creek Every day of every season, there’s a play unfolding on the banks of Brawley Creek in Johnson County. John Hess is there, camera in hand, watching the actors. Today he might have his eye on the Virginia bluebells, tomorrow a luna moth...

Protecting an Outdoor Legacy

Protecting an Outdoor Legacy

Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary Missouri’s outdoors is a great place to have fun, but maintaining access and enjoyment for future generations is a serious business. Just ask donors to the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation...

Birding Business

Birding Business

Second generation continues family hobby, ventures If there is such a thing as reverse empty-nest syndrome, then Mel Toellner — or Bird Man Mel as he’s known to friends, family and viewers of his YouTube channel — probably has it. Since last summer he’s stepped back...

Breakaway Siberians

Breakaway Siberians

Hillsboro man gives rescue huskies a new beginning Richie Camden often gets more than a second look when he travels on the Katy Trail or near his home in Hillsboro. Sometimes cars honk at him or people snap photos. However, this attention is not necessarily focused on...

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