Cabin Fever Cure
the Busch Area include deer, spring turkey, squirrels, rabbits and doves. Deer hunting is limited to archery and muzzleloading rifles. The Busch Area also has a special deer hunt for youngsters only. Application cards for all deer and turkey hunts are available at Conservation Department offices in the St. Louis/St. Charles area.
Seasons for hunting squirrels, rabbits and doves vary from statewide regulations, and it is best to stop at headquarters and confirm season dates and bag limits. The Busch Conservation Area makes accommodations for disabled hunters, and a new headquarters on the area will include accessible features for the disabled.
Visitors who come to the Busch Area will likely notice new road, building and parking lot construction. A new administrative/visitor center is slated for construction. The new facility will house conservation professionals from the St. Louis area. In addition to one-stop shopping for resource information, the new facility will include various displays and larger classrooms for more interpretive programs.
While the Busch Conservation Area has made many improvements, it still provides the traditional experiences visitors have enjoyed since 1947. If you haven't visited in awhile, plan on making a trip in the near future to experience this wildlife oasis yourself.
Peck Ranch Conservation Area
There are many reasons to visit Peck Ranch Conservation Area. You'll find scenic vistas and hiking trails, rare plants and animals, unique caves, sinkholes and springs and special hunting opportunities.
Red, black, white and scarlet oak, together with areas of shortleaf pine, cover the rolling hills and quiet valleys. The vast forest attracts thousands of migrating songbirds each spring, many of which remain to nest during the summer. For those who enjoy bird watching, Peck Ranch provides both a variety of bird life and harmony of sound.
One can frequently hear the flutelike call of a wood thrush, the coarse gobble of a wild turkey or the birdlike call of a tree frog.
A hike to the top of Stegall Mountain at 1,350 feet provides a panoramic view of the Ozarks. There, you'll be among the oldest exposed rock in the state - more than one billion years old. Called rhyolite, it forms the core of the St. Francois mountains.
Rocky Falls is on the back side of Stegall Mountain, just off of Peck Ranch but still on the Ozark Trail. This is a favorite place to picnic and watch the water of Rocky Creek cascade over a 40-foot drop over rhyolite boulders.