I feel guilty at times being unable to answer all the letters and e-mails we get from those of you who read this column. There are just too many to answer properly, and I am not going to send out some pre-arranged universal message to everyone.
I feel guilty at times being unable to answer all the letters and e-mails we get from those of you who read this column. There are just too many to answer properly, and I am not going to send out some pre-arranged universal message to everyone. So I will use this column to thank all of you who sent cards and condolences on the loss of my mother and my uncle Norten and my uncle Roy McNew, all of whom died within just a couple of weeks of each other. It is great to know that so many people read this column, and care that much. From my heart, thanks to you all.
We now have more than thirty newspapers using this column, and I never realized when we started how much of an enterprise this would become. But what I like most is having the opportunity to show a side of the outdoors to people they have never seen, and communicating with good country people whom I get to meet at swap meets and speaking engagements, and through the mail. I may not get to answer your letters and e-mails, but I read them all.
The crappie are just starting to spawn in many Ozark reservoirs, very late. White bass are running much later than I have ever seen them. Yellow suckers and Black Buffalo are just starting to shoal in waters that I fish, and folks, as hard as this is to believe, mushrooms are still popping up in numbers greater than I have ever seen. My hunting and fishing partner, Rich Abdoler says that up the Osage River last Saturday he found 183 nice big fresh morels, all in cedar glades up high on the hillsides.
I would like to enlist the help of some canoeists who would help me clean up a section of the Pomme de Terre river in a couple of weeks. The stream, when it receives enough rain, is a pretty little river with bluffs and caves and fish and furbearers and birds, something this area thirty miles north of Springfield should be proud of. But it is the most trashed, littered river I have ever seen in the Ozarks, and folks, I have floated them all! None compare to this. It seems to be that a family or families uses the bridges on the upper Pomme to throw their trash in the stream. It is just unbelievable.
I am hoping that some groups like the Ozark Paddlers Club, and the Missouri Smallmouth Alliance might join me in a day of floating and cleaning up the stream. I have spent my whole life on Ozark rivers, and I’ll bet we can stop at some spots and you can learn a great deal about rivers and the wildlife along it. I can also teach you in very short order, how to paddle a canoe from one side all day long, so you can ease quietly down the river in a straight course without having to switch sides constantly to straighten your canoe. I am going to need help with this project, but I hope it will call attention to this river, and it’s value, and the awful load of trash it gets from some very uncaring people who do not have much of a life, or common values.
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