From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
February 2002 Issue

A Day To Remember

Publish Date

Feb 02, 2002

Revised Date

Nov 10, 2010

To a kid, going fishing or hunting ranks high above ordinary and everyday events. Other childhood memories may trickle away through time, but people usually remember their early outdoor adventures.

The outdoors has many lures; you can't predict which ones will stick in memory. You may never forget the first time Grandpa let you steer his boat, or the sudden apparition of a gobbler. Your first contact-tiny fingertip pressing into the cool glistening flank of a quivering fish-can etch itself permanently into your memory. So can the emotions that flow when you feel the still-warm body of a deer or the fluffy down of a mallard you've just shot.

Some outdoor memories seem like whoppers. Can bluegill really grow bigger than footballs? Did the buck really have 14 points? The stories may be embellished, but the constant retelling of them reveals that the child-who may now be an adult-fully enjoyed the experience.

Outdoor time spent together builds love and trust in families. It's a chance for a child to test adulthood and for an adult to feel like a child. Take your kids fishing or hunting and share your and their happiness and excitement.

Also in this issue

2002 Wildlife Code Changes

Each year, the Regulations Committee for the Missouri Department of Conservation reviews all the rules in the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

The Sound Of Wood On Water

It's a sound not often heard on Missouri's streams -at least recently. It's the chuckle of wavelets lapping against the bow of a classic boat.

Image of smallmouth bass

Stream Smallmouths For Beginners

Catching smallmouth bass is easy. All you need is a little equipment and a bit of confidence, which you'll gain with every fish you catch.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Bryan Hendricks
Art Editor - Dickson Stauffer
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Composition - Libby Bode Block
Circulation - Bertha Bainer