Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2009

For a Good Time in the Woods, Join Moms

Oct 21, 2009

A few weeks ago, Bernadette Dryden, our publications supervisor, asked me if I wanted to go to the Missouri Mycological Society’s (MOMS) annual foray at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. “Maxine says they’re good cooks and make brunch out of the edible mushrooms on Sunday.”

The Things Hunters See

Oct 20, 2009

One of the things that people who have never hunted might not realize is the remarkable variety of things that hunters experience that are in no way hunting-related.

Take a Youth Hunting

Oct 15, 2009

Late October brings the beginning of several special opportunities for experienced hunters to mentor the younger generation.

A Hoot

Oct 13, 2009

I was sitting in my favorite tree stand Sunday afternoon when a barred owl hooted in a tree about 100 yards behind me.

New Calendars Available

Oct 09, 2009

More than 20 years ago, I unwittingly started a family tradition of giving the Conservation Department’s Natural Events Calendar as a Christmas gift to several of my relatives and in-laws.

A Bonnie Wee Visitor

Oct 07, 2009

As I walked from the break room back to my office one day last week, I noticed a fellow traveler in the otherwise-deserted hallway.

Conservation Agents into the Field

Oct 05, 2009

One by one they came onto the stage to be recognized as the latest class of 19 newly trained conservation agents in the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Fall Turkey Season: Good Times & Good Management

Sep 29, 2009

Rumors are cropping up--especially in southern Missouri--that the Conservation Department might cancel this year’s fall firearms turkey season.

Good News About Turkeys

Sep 23, 2009

I would be exaggerating if I told you that Missouri wild turkeys produced a bumper crop of poults (young turkeys) this year.

Birds Know It, Bees Know It

Sep 21, 2009

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at 4:19 p.m. Central Standard Time, the autumnal equinox will occur.

If the Missouri River Could Talk...

Sep 18, 2009

… it would utter a thunderous “THANK YOU” to those who helped orchestrate dozens of river cleanup events in recent years.

Nighthawks Are on the Move

Sep 16, 2009

One of the signs of autumn in Missouri is the southward migration of common nighthawks.

The Law of Diminishing Run-ins

Sep 14, 2009

This is the time of year when the frequency of deer-vehicle accidents begins to creep up.


Sep 11, 2009

I’ve recently been hearing an advertisement on the radio that encourages landowners to enroll their acreage into a land trust.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Sep 10, 2009

I hate to rush through life, but September always finds me anticipating autumn’s imminent arrival.

Willa's First Hunt

Sep 08, 2009

I spent a magical morning with my golden retriever puppy on the opening day of dove season.

Quick, Easy and Delicious Bass

Sep 04, 2009

Followers of this blog may recall that I recently lucked into an angler’s dream … 100 acres of water teeming with voracious largemouth bass.

A Rising Tide

Aug 31, 2009

Last couple of weekends ago I had as much fun as a person can while fishing.

Federal Agencies Looking for Mo. R. Comments

Aug 28, 2009

If you are among the growing number of Missourians who have discovered the majestic beauty and vast recreational opportunities of the Missouri River, you might want to attend one of two meetings the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are holding in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas early next month to discuss the river’s management.

Enduring Red Cedar

Aug 26, 2009

Since buying our little house in the woods 13 years ago, I have cut down hundreds of cedar trees for various reasons.