Outdoors

Thinking back about the pool hall kid

By Larry Dablemont
    I went to work at the pool hall one afternoon, straight from school. Ol' Jim and Ol' Bill were there and they could tell I was pretty despondent. I was 13 years old and had just got my first pair of glasses. I wanted a girlfriend awfully bad at that time and those glasses made me uglier than I had ever been. One of the older girls called me “four eyes.”

My favorite six flies for winter Ozarks trout fishing

By Bill Cooper
    Winter is by far my favorite time to fish for trout. The crowds of summer are gone from our Ozark streams, biting insects are non-existent, the air is cooling and fresh and the water cold and clear. To take a breath of cold, fresh air while wading a free flowing stream is an exercise in sensory overload. River smells are like no other. It’s trout that attract me to this spectacular environ.

Learn new fishing skills with MDC’s free fly-tying classes in Jefferson City

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to spend a few relaxing hours with MDC staff learning the art of fly-tying. Many different materials will be available for use, and participants will be taught how to fly-tie.

Campground hosting opportunities offered

                  Mark Twain National Forest is looking for campground hosts for the 2023 season. Hosts are needed at both the Red Bluff Campground on the Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District and the Sutton Bluff Campground on the Salem Ranger District. Campground hosting is a fun and rewarding volunteer experience that gets people outside and serving the public.

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation offering programs to learn backyard maple sugaring in January and February

What makes winter so special for maple lovers?  For about six weeks, from mid-January to the end of February, nature cooks up its own sweet delights within sugar maple trees as the sap begins to flow, ready to be tapped for making sugar and syrup.  Anyone can learn skills to collect, boil down and, create their own maple syrup or sugar from trees they may have in their own backyards.