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Timber rafting in Missouri

Timber rafting in Checkoslovcka By Len Stagoski  Here is a bit of trivia, but it’s historically significant trivia. Missouri supplied a very significant number of the railroad ties used...

Missouri river monsters

Case Spencer struggles to hold his best-ever, 92-pound blue catfish. I met Case Spencer (Butters) about a year ago. This young outdoorsman from New Bloomfield, Mo., is good at...

Recycle Rally really works

Robertsville State Park is one of my favorite spots to hit up for a stroll. I love walking their trails and even their campground loop.  On a recent walk...

Plan a visit to New Bryant Creek State Park

Ribbon-cutting ceremony Missouri has a new state park. I attended the opening day ceremonies and ribbon-cutting to open Bryant Creek State Park on Friday, Sept. 23. Bryant Creek State...

My father’s .30-30

The Marlin Model 336 combined with Hornady ammunition is a very safe bet for the deer hunter. I have dozens of Illinois friends who venture across the Mighty Mississippi...

MDC reports Missouri hunters took 8 black bears this season

Chase Boggs, of Bolivar, Mo., harvested this sow bear with his bow on private land in Douglas County on Oct. 24. MDC data on the bear showed she was...

Brilliant brown

By Alex Holmes Brown is boring, brown is dull, brown is common, simple and mundane… or so you might think!  During a public opinion poll of American and European...

River guides at Owen’s Theater – near the end of the era

Jim Owen leans jauntily on the truck (front row, right), with artist Steve Miller and Owen’s float-fishing guides in front of his Hillbilly Theater, 1940. At the height of...