Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2011

The Colors of Winter

Dec 27, 2011

Where did all those beautiful colors go that once adorned our landscape?

Eastern Blue Jay in the snow

One Throw, One Kill

Dec 14, 2011

A quick thrust of the arm and flick of the wrist propelled the dart through the air and hopefully into the vital organs of the elephant-sized mastodon.

drawing of primitive hunter with atlatl and dart

A Long Winter Nap

Dec 12, 2011

During a holiday gathering, I found out something quite shocking.

Black bear sleeping between two boulders

2011 Quail Odyssey, Part III

Dec 08, 2011

Wherein mid- to late-season hunting tactics are revealed.

Dogs and hunters work a big prairie

Decorating Naturally

Dec 05, 2011

Decorating naturally is a fun and inexpensive way to bring the Missouri outdoors into your home this holiday season.

Ornament made from pine cone

2011 Quail Odyssey, Part II

Dec 05, 2011

Wherein intrepid hunters empty their guns to kill one quail.

Frank Loncarich approaches two dogs on point.

2011 Quail Odyssey, Part I

Nov 30, 2011

Wherein we learn the difference between “intensive” and “extensive” cover.

Photo of Kyle Hedges accepting a woodcock from his English setter, Tess.

Don't Let These Apples Fool You

Nov 17, 2011

Every fall local stores tout these big, green, gnarly-skinned fruits as "natural insect repellent." But do they really keep the bugs away? I did a little research on hedge apple lore.

Several bright-green Osage orange fruits in a wire basket

Hunting the Elusive Wood Hen: Mid-Mo Mushrooming

Oct 25, 2011

The Missouri Mycological Society has formed a new chapter in central Missouri.

This photo shows Foray Coordinator Stan Hudson holding a mushroom.

Can't Stand the Heat? Get Out of the Lake!

Oct 20, 2011

For the last couple of years, zebra mussels have declined or disappeared from some areas of the Lake.

The zebra mussel is a little larger than a dime.

Moving Monarchs

Sep 21, 2011

Unlike the more familiar bird migrations, monarch migration is a multi-generational endeavor.

Fall Fun in Laclede County

Sep 14, 2011

Where can you find trout, alpacas and Saxon Pope?

This photo shows a misty dawn at Bennett Spring State Park.

Animal Aggregations, Or, What Do You Call a Group Of ?

Sep 09, 2011

Which is more fun, a "barrel" of monkeys or a "romp" of otters?

Best Laid Plans of Birds and Men

Sep 09, 2011

Good intentions have been known to go astray, and here’s another example.

Double Dove Opener Is Twice the Fun

Sep 06, 2011

Two openings, two banded birds, lots of hot fun.

dove in hand with banded leg

Jackson Landers' Excellent Carp Adventure

Aug 30, 2011

Wherein the Virginian discovers he has a taste for Asian cuisine.

A silver carp goes airborne just as Jackson Landers nets another fish.

MDC Wetlands Are Mostly OK

Aug 17, 2011

Many wetland areas still okay in spite of Great Flood of 2011.

Aerial view of Grand Pass Conservation Area

Opening an Angling Time Capsule

Aug 16, 2011

A historic gift sends our intrepid reporter on a trip back through fishing history.

Vintage tackle box and all contents

Hummingbird Numbers Increasing

Aug 12, 2011

Missouri’s hummingbird feeders should become busier places in the next few weeks, as additional ruby-throated hummingbirds move into our area from more northern states.

Mystery of the Sphinx

Aug 04, 2011

Among Missouri’s insects, sphinx moths can appear to be part hummingbird, part bat and part moth.