Bill Bryan, the director of Missouri State Parks, enjoys brisk hikes through Rock Bridge Memorial State Park’s winter beauty and scenic rock formations. “We’re not even hearing birds or other wildlife. The snow muffles things, and it can just turn the woods silent. That’s why I like being out here at this time of the year. You’re in total solitude.”
The winter fishing is heating up at Grand Lake in Oklahoma. Largemouth bass are starting to hit, with good-sized fish being caught along channel-swing banks and points. Blue catfish also are biting along deep ledges and dropoffs. And crappies are hitting in 15 feet of water in the brush and along docks.
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Fishermen will be bundled up Friday for the start of the event at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina as area temperatures stay low. But Brian Snowden of Reeds Spring, Mo., is still hopefully he can walk away with the championship prize.
With the popularity of shooting — either for recreational target practice, hunting or personal protection training — on the rise, the setting for that pastime is evolving. More than 20 million Americans now participate in recreational target practice, and new indoor ranges with plush comforts are adding a changing dimension to shooting sports.
Today, we’re starting a new outdoors column called “You can’t make this stuff up,” featuring the most unusual fish stories, hunting tales and outdoors experiences we’ve heard. Our first stop takes us to the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where residents know how to make the best of winter’s worst.
A rift between supporters and opponents of the Missouri Department of Conservation has become a powderkeg issue this winter. Much of the debate is about the Missouri Department of Conservation’s accountability.
If you ran a NASTAR race course at any of the more than 100 resorts which offer the event, you may have been fast enough to qualify for the NASTAR Nationals. Qualifiers have now been listed on the website (http://www.nastar.com); snail mail notifications will be sent out soon.
Experts agree that proper hydration is critical for health and wellness, but anyone lugging around a clunky water bottle on a hike or jog will tell you it's not exactly convenient. Marketed as the "anti-water bottle," Vapur's Element Anti-Bottle may be the answer we're looking for. It's made from a BPA-free material that's flexible enough to roll up once it's empty, saving much-needed space in your pack.
Colleen Cleary decided she would not worry about what she couldn't control, but that she would fight her breast cancer in the one way she could - not just with surgery and chemotherapy, but grinding away on the pedals of an indoor Schwinn bicycle when the temperature outside dipped well below zero.
Perhaps my story is not all that uncommon, but it still feels pretty unbelievable (or terrifyingly unhealthy) to admit that I didn't exercise for 10 straight years. I lived my life, woke up, ate food, went to work, and carried on without so much as breaking a sweat. No cardio, no conditioning, no heart-pumping movement or muscle-toning repetitions. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch.
If you're one of the 92 percent of people whose New Year's resolutions have lost their luster, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, you may not only be feeling unhealthy - you may be thinking you're a total failure.