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AJ Hendershott holds an atlatl.

AJ Hendershott holds an atlatl

AJ Hendershott of Cape Girardeau County holds an atlatl. This primitive weapon dating back thousands of years has made a comeback in recent years.

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AJ Hendershott with Atlatl

AJ Hendershott with Atlatl

AJ Hendershott of Cape Girardeau County holds an atlatl, a primitive hunting tool. Learn more about this and other primitive tools at Runge Nature Center's Holiday Happenings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, Tuesday, Dec. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 31.

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Alabama Rigs

Alabama Rigs

The umbrella or Alabama rig on the left is not legal to use on Missouri waters because it has five lures with hooks attached. Only three lures or baits with hooks are allowed when pole and line fishing methods are used. The rig on the right is legal because only three of the attached lures have hooks. Two of the lures have the hooks clipped off but are legal to attach as fish attractors.

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Photo of an alcohol inky mushroom cut in half lengthwise.

Alcohol Inky (Cut in Half)

The gills of the alcohol inky start out whitish, but they begin to turn black and liquefy in a matter of hours.

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Photo of an alcohol inky mushroom, older specimen, with deliquescing edges.

Alcohol Inky (Deliquescing)

The “inky” part of this mushroom’s common name comes from the fact that the gills turn to black inky liquid as they mature.

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Photo of two alcohol inky mushrooms emerging from the ground.

Alcohol Inky (Young Specimens)

The alcohol inky gets its name from the fact that if you eat this mushroom up to three days before or after consuming alcohol, you’ll probably get very sick.

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Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold

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