Tag Archives: outdoors

We’re Dry and Ready for the Fourth of July!

Sounds of the Saint Charles Municipal Band billow through Missouri’s largest and oldest historic district.

Here in St. Charles, we’re all about events, especially given we played host in 2012 for more than 130 event days. By our last count, that breakdown comprised 18 parades, nine festivals, 29 sporting events and another 17 special events and activities of various shapes, sizes and duration. Recently we’ve been worried, as many folks have across the Midwest, about ... Read More »

Springfield Offers Fun Indoors, Outdoors and Underground

Smallin Cave was the first documented cave in the Ozarks.

As Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield offers guests a variety of reasons to visit. You can catch a class AA Springfield Cardinals baseball game at Hammons Field, shop the “Granddaddy of all outdoors stores” at Bass Pro and experience unique Missouri flavors at places such as Askinosie Chocolate and Mother’s Brewing Company. But that’s just the beginning of a Springfield adventure. ... Read More »

Pauley Takes Second on Pro Am Circuit

Scott Pauley fishing Table Rock Lake in the fall of 2012.

Consistency is the key. That’s the message professional angler Scott Pauley drives home after finishing second in the Central Pro Am’s Angler of the Year tournament circuit. Two top five finishes and one top 10 finish propelled Pauley toward the top of the leader board, and the second-place finish marks his best year on this bass-focused circuit’s pro division. Pauley, ... Read More »

Discover Outdoor Adventure in Pulaski County

The Big Piney River at Devils Elbow in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center invites you to explore our gentle and undiscovered Big Piney and Gasconade rivers. Centrally located in the heart of Missouri, and the heartland of the USA, we are the perfect destination for your family fun getaway. Here’s a letter from Larry Helms, president of the Pulaski County Outfitter Association, explaining why you ... Read More »

Discover Nature With a Staycation This Holiday Weekend

Explore Painted Rock Conservation Area at Westphalia.

As the long Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to discover nature as they celebrate the holiday. A close, easy and inexpensive way is through a “staycation” where you stay home or close to it, and venture out for day-trips. Explore nature near you Enjoy hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, walking the woods, picnics, fishing, ... Read More »

Trout Season Begins at State Trout Parks

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from an article on trout fishing in Missouri. Please click here to read the full article on VisitMO.com. There are some things you truly have to see to believe. The opening day of trout season at Missouri’s trout parks is among them. “It is an event,” says Scott Pauley, a professional fisherman and the ... Read More »

‘Nature’s Garbage Collectors’ Don’t Charge Disposal Fee

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Four birders on a December 2011 outing to Ha Ha Tonka State Park focused their binoculars on a green tag attached to the wing of one of 28 roosting turkey vultures. The tag said E43. They reported their finding to the Bird Banding Laboratory operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. The center said the tag was attached to the bird ... Read More »

Halloween Tricks and Treats from MDC

Get outside to discover nature in Missouri’s great outdoors! This Halloween, the Missouri Department of Conservation is digging into its field guide for the facts about Missouri’s wild things, both real and imagined. Get some Halloween tricks and treats from MDC by Discovering “Show-Me Freaks of Nature” by clicking here. Happy Halloween! Read More »

An Early Morning on Table Rock Lake

The sun had not yet risen, and the slightly more than gentle breeze had the air temperature hovering somewhere between cold and go-get-a-big-jacket cold. Thus began a recent fishing and photography expedition on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson. Led by our outdoors expert and professional fisherman Scott Pauley, we hit the water before sun-up in search of lunkers. The ... Read More »

Prairie State Park Celebrates 30 Years

Prairie State Park in Mindenmines celebrates the 30th anniversary of its dedication this year with a Prairie Jubilee on Sept. 29. The daylong event will include bison tours, a living-history loop, live music, bison-chip throwing, native plant sales and an 1800s medicine show. All is free except for a lunch of smoked bison. Missouri once was covered by some 13 ... Read More »