From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
September 2014 Issue

Discover Nature

6 Ideas for Family Fun

To find more events near you, call your regional office, or visit mdc.mo.gov and choose your region.

  1. Hidden Nature — Sept. 6, Saturday, 1–2:30 p.m. Kansas City Region, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW. Park Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015No registration, All ages Who’s hiding under that log? We love to explore nature, but we often forget to slow down and look at the amazing details awaiting us. Join us as we
  2. Discover Nature — Women: Trap Shooting Sept. 20, Saturday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ozark Region, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center/Gist Ranch, Rt. 1 Box 1998, Winona, MO 65588Registration required, call 573-325-1381 for more information Women, ages 16 and older Learn the basics of trap and skeet shooting in a relaxed, controlled atmosphere. Firearms, ammunition, and hearing and eye protection will be provided. The shooting portion of the program will be held at Gist Ranch shooting range in Texas County. Shuttling will be provided from the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center.
  3. Great Outdoors Day — Sept. 27, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Southwest Region, Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 4897 N Farm Road 61, Ash Grove MO 65604No registration, call 417-895-6880 for information, All ages The 20th Annual Great Outdoors Day event encourages participation in the shooting sports of archery, rifles, and shotguns at the range, and fishing, camping, fly tying, and canoeing at the Aquatic Education Pond. Firearms and ammunition are provided. No personal firearms are allowed.
  4. Discover Nature — Women: Fishing Fundamentals Sept. 27, Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon Central Region, Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65102Registration required, call 573-526-5544Women, 18 years and older Hang up your “Gone Fishing” sign and meet at Runge to learn the basics of this popular sport. This program will cover fishing basics such as baiting your hook, casting techniques, and filleting your catch. We will provide the necessary items (rods, bait, etc.), but feel free to bring your own gear if preferred.
  5. Family Outdoors Day, National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 27, Saturday, 9 A.M.–noon Northeast Region, NEMO Fairgrounds, 2700 E. Illinois Street, Kirksville, MO 63501No registration, All ages Join us for a Family Outdoors Day in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. All activities are free and include an archery tournament, fishing pole and casting instruction and practice, turkey calling demonstration, and much more.
  6. A Day at the Confluence, National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 27, Saturday, 10 A.M.–3 p.m. St. Louis Region, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strotdtman Road, St Louis, MO 63138No registration, All ages Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day at the Confluence. Whether you dress it, fillet it, or none of the above, fun activities await. Take a boat ride with us. Get a closer look at our fishy friends in the “touch tank.” Explore for animal sign, or take aim at some “game.” The event takes place at the Columbia Bottom Boat Ramp area, parking lot G.

Discover Nature Photo Contest

Show the world your idea of discovering nature in Missouri. Using your Google+, Instagram, or Twitter account, tag your Missouri nature photos with “#MDCdiscovernature.” Your photos will appear on our website at mdc.mo.gov/node/26255, where you can also read the contest rules. Every month, Department staff will select and post a winning photo. We’ll publish all of the monthly winners in the January 2015 issue of the Conservationist.

Also in this issue

Gigging season on an Ozark Stream

Fish Gigging: An Ozark Tradition

The arrival of summer gets Missourians out floating streams, spending time at the lake, and catching catfish. Fall and winter bring deer season, duck hunting, and an Ozark tradition called “gigging.”

Julian Courtois

A Tale of Two Mentors

Do you know a youngster with a spark for hunting? Pass that torch.

Orchard Oriole

Bringing Back the Birds: Full Life-Cycle Bird Conservation

While we may think of birds that reside in our state as Missouri’s birds, in reality many of those birds are migratory and can spend nearly eight months of the year in different countries.

Morris Ratliff

When Chronic Wasting Disease Hits Home

Landowners partner with the Department of Conservation to protect our white-tailed deer herd.

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This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Managing Editor - vacant
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer/Editor - Brett Dufur
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler