Andy Ostmeyer on Muck Rack

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If heading to Buffalo National River or Ozark National Scenic Riverways during the shutdown, know that visitor services are not provided even if park is open, including trash pickup, so carry out your own. All programs cancelled and emergency and rescue services are limited.
The latest Fishing Lecture Series at MDC's Nature Center in Springfield will focus on local trout fishing, current trout research and advanced fly-fishing techniques. It runs from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the nature center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way. For details, call 417-888-4237
Registration is open for the Osage Howler, a 61-mile kayak race on the Osage River June 30-July 1. This will be a race from Bagnell Dam Access to Pike's Camp. There will also be a fun race of 14 miles from St. Thomas access to Pike's Camp. Learn more at .
2018 is a good year to brag on Ozark rivers and we intend to start bragging Sunday on our Outdoor Page, with the first in a series of monthly columns that will explore both the uncommon quality of Ozarks rivers, and how we helped lead the way in wild river protection.
Late winter is prime time to see Missouri's elk herd, now at 170 head, says MDC. Elk feed in the open for longer periods early and late in the day. Look for them at Peck Ranch, the Current River Conservation area, and along the Current River between Van Buren and Blue Spring.
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