The early December winds howled as I awoke earlier than normal. Weeks before, my grandfather had given me some old wooden box traps. Based on advice provided by my grandfather, I had set the box traps in the backyard hoping to have success. Anticipation ran high as I quickly completed morning tasks so I could check traps before school. Trapping rabbits was a new and exciting outdoor adventure for me in the mid-1970s.
As we start 2013, my resolution is to make time for at least one new outdoor adventure each month. In addition, as adventures are identified and pursued, I will work to engage others. This New Year’s resolution will help encourage continued learning and enhanced appreciation of Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife resources. Over the years, past adventures have been diverse ranging from camping along a river, visiting an eagle’s nest, crawling through a cave, learning identification skills for trees and grasses, wildlife photography, implementing projects to enhance wildlife habitat, completing night hikes, and mentoring others on hunts.
Your Conservation Department provides opportunities for active citizen involvement in conservation and works to maintain healthy forest, fish, and wildlife. Here are a few outdoor adventures to consider in 2013:
What inspired this 2013 resolution? It was a recent fish gigging trip—my first ever. I learned much on this outing. A friend graciously offered to take me. The December evening found us on the Gasconade River. As our boat moved slowly upstream, I was reminded of the many benefits provided by Missouri’s amazing forest, fish, and wildlife. Anticipation ran high as I was about to experience a new outdoor adventure— adding to my understanding and appreciation of our great state.
I challenge all Missourians to make more time to get outside in 2013. Missouri has much to offer. The experiences and adventures will enhance life, ensure continued learning, and create lasting memories.
Be sure to take photos as you go afield. In the near future, watch for details about how to enter the “kids in nature” photo contest. I look forward to seeing your submissions.
Robert L. Ziehmer, director
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