Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2010

Morel Season a Bust?

Apr 21, 2010

A week or two ago, newspaper columnist Ken White raised the question of what had happened to morels this year.

Wildlife Calendar

Apr 16, 2010

According to the Department’s Natural Events Calendar, April 15 is the average day of last frost in central Missouri, where I live.

The Rare and Elusive Eared Bluebird

Apr 13, 2010

I thought of saving this post until next April Fool’s Day, but that is too long to wait. Sam Perotti of New Melle, Mo., sent us this photo that was taken recently by his backyard trail camera.

A Story with a Morel

Apr 09, 2010

I know only two things about morels for certain.

Black Snakes Banish Rodents and Vipers

Apr 07, 2010

I was walking my dog Friday afternoon and stumbled across a huge black rat snake.

Coming Soon to a Landscape Near You

Apr 05, 2010

You may have noticed some flowering trees already this spring: the white blooms of serviceberry, plums and ornamental pears and the pink of Japanese magnolia and peaches.

What's Better than Turkey Hunting?

Apr 01, 2010

I have accomplished the impossible. I have discovered something that makes spring turkey hunting even more exciting.

Spring Turkey Booklet Available

Mar 30, 2010

As we turn the calendar page to April, Missouri turkey hunters are thinking of the spring seasons that open this month. The youth season is April 10–11 and the regular spring season is April 19–May 9.

Are Your Permits Expired?

Mar 26, 2010

If these warm spring days are making you think of going fishing, be sure to add “check permit” to your list of things to do in preparation.

Martin Homecoming

Mar 18, 2010

According to the Natural Events Calendar, this is the week when the year’s first purple martins usually return to Missouri after overwintering in South America.

Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road

Mar 12, 2010

It’s hard for me to prevent the lyrics of that old song from coming to mind when I pass a road-killed skunk on the highway.

Timber! (Doodles)

Mar 10, 2010

I spent a wonderful hour recently exercising my golden retriever, Willa, at one of my favorite autumn woodcock hunting spots.

Alien Teeth

Mar 05, 2010

I recently received some interesting photos of a “jawbone with teeth” found by a Missourian who was out searching for shed deer antlers.

Take Big-Cat Stories with a Big Grain of Salt

Mar 03, 2010

I just got an e-mail forward with several photos and some text about the supposed sighting of three mountain lions in Missouri.

Looking Forward

Feb 26, 2010

This winter is starting to wear on me.

A Salamander Went a Courtin'

Feb 23, 2010

Did you know that as you sleep this month, there may be a tiger mating in a nearby pond or marsh?

MoNASP: The Wow Effect

Feb 19, 2010

Today’s post is an on-the-spot account of the second Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) tournament from Kevin Lohraff, who coordinates the Conservation Department’s outdoor skills programs.

How to Cook Your Goose

Feb 16, 2010

After waterfowl seasons close each year, two of my hunting buddies and I get together with our long-suffering wives to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Early Signs of Spring

Feb 08, 2010

As we shovel snow and brace for cold north winds this week, it’s hard to feel very encouraged that spring is just around the corner.

Rabbit Hunting with Smith & Wesson

Feb 04, 2010

Missouri's rabbit season fills the gap between deer season and spring turkey season for avid hunters.

Rabbit hunting