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Get the kids ready! Annual Kids’ Fishing Day set for May 3 From Trout Talk Staff

Every May, Bennett Spring State Park dedicates a day to inspiring a new generation of fishermen and teaching children about the outdoors. This year, the park will hold its annual Kids’ Fishing Day on May 3 during normal fishing hours, which are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. On that day, kids age 15 and younger will receive free fishing tags and goodie bags, and the lower part of Zone 2 and the beginning of Zone 3, or from the hatchery outlet to the last set of concrete steps in Zone 3, will especially stocked in anticipation of the 1,000 to 1,200 minors who are expected to participate in the event. According to Bennett Spring Hatchery Manager Mike Mitchell, that means that park staff will stock the area with 4,000 fish, plus about 25 or 30 lunkers. Although adults are allowed to fish in other areas of the park that day and can help kids fish, adults will not be allowed to do any fishing of their own in the kids’ zone. Besides fishing, kids who show up at Bennett Spring on May 3 will be able to enjoy a variety of educational events and activities, most of which will be located around Shelter House B. Among these are fly-tying, a touch tank, and a fish cleaning and cooking demonstration. Additionally, the World Bird Sanctuary will again bring exotic and Missouri raptors for children to see. Mitchell said that these events generally take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids younger than 15 will also be treated to a free lunch. “This is really an outreach-type event to try to get kids interested in fishing again,” Mitchell explained. “There’s lots of activities: soccer, basketball, band -- and this is just one

of the efforts that the Missouri Department of Conservation in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources, we make to introduce kids to fishing or to instill in them a love for fishing. So by holding the event like this where they get to come and fish, and there’s some other activities where they can learn about the outdoors, it’s just a good way to introduce the outdoors to them, and hopefully they’ll enjoy fishing as well.” While kids will be well provided for, Mitchell reminds parents, guardians and other chaperones that they will have to take care of their own needs while accompanying minors at the park. “For adults who do bring your kids down, everything is free for kids who are 15 and under, so that means anybody who is older than that, including adults, will have to make sure that they bring money for a lunch to buy at the concessionaire, or pack a lunch for themselves, because it’s hard for us to be able to generate an event that would be able to feed that many people. So just be aware of that,” Mitchell said. In the end, Mitchell said, Kids’ Fishing Day is a good way to spend time with family and teach children about nature. “It’s always a good time, especially for families and people who have young children, to spend time with them,” he said. “We’re providing you a good opportunity to spend time with your kids and also teach them about the natural world in general. I think it’s just a good opportunity in general for people to come down. We provide a good fishery here. It’s close to Lebanon, it’s close to Camdenton, lots of good places. It’s just a good opportunity for people to come and see the park.”


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is a place I had to see to believe. I am going to a trout hatchery? What even is that? I thought to myself. I arrived to find sparkling bluegreen waters, dozens of avid anglers and tens of thousands of fish. I grew up around lakes, and I have been fishing many times, but I had never been to a place like Bennett Spring State Park. If only it had not taken me 22 years to get there. Plain and simple, the park is gorgeous. Whether it is the campsites tucked away in the trees or the stream bubbling across the rocks, the beauty of the place captivates you. The water is so clear you can see the bottom, and the banks are perfect for walking, sitting or fishing. Then to top it all off, there is an opportunity to learn. In less than an hour, hatchery assistant manager Mike Perry taught me more than I could ever imagine about raising trout. I learned about milk and eggs (not the grocery store kind) and the various tools used to hatch fish. I saw tanks teeming with teeny, tiny baby fish. I saw large trout ready to be released into the stream that very night. I saw all the sizes in between. Each fish carefully cared for by the trout hatchery staff. I watched as employees weighed and separated the trout in preparation for release that night. Each day, the hatchery staff calculates how many trout to release into waters of the stream that night so fishermen have

plenty of fish to catch the next day. What a wonderful service the hatchery provides for the community. I was so impressed at the fact that these trout are carefully raised so there are always fish to catch. Plus, if you just want to see some beautiful fish, these trout are it. Scales laced with colors that dance just below the water’s surface make it hard to look away. Suddenly, a splash. A fish jumps just feet away. Another flicks its tail and water droplets spray across surface. Then comes the feeding frenzy. A truck sprays food across the various trout holding areas, and the fish go crazy. You cannot tell where one fish stops and another begins. There is plenty of food to go around, but still they are jumping and swimming on top of each other to get to it. The water looks white rather than blue from all the splashing. It is a sight to see, and you can even feed the fish yourself if you would like. I was skeptical about visiting, but oh, how wrong I was. Bennett Spring is gorgeous, and Missourians are lucky to have this place to learn, fish and explore in their own backyards. Emily Hauger is a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia and recently spent a week in the Lebanon, Mo. area as an intern with the Lebanon Daily Record. While spending time in the area, the Minnesota native spent time with the staff at the Bennett Spring State Park Hatchery. Hauger is a double major at Mizzou, studying Broadcast Journalism and Technical Theatre.


Spring has sprung Change of the season can also bring an elevated risk for insect-borne illnesses It’s spring again, and the birds are singing and building their nests. The hummingbirds are back and entertaining us on the front porch, and the turkeys are gobbling in the early morning. The redbuds and Dogwood trees have turned the brown woods into a bouquet of color. This is a great time to be outdoors, but it can sometimes come at a cost. A recent news item on a St. Louis TV station reminded viewers of the possibilities of bugborne illnesses during outdoor activities as the weather warms u p . I t b ro u g h t back memories of camping trips with my family back in the 1940s. The main bug repellent we used was a big shaker can filled with sulfur powder, and we applied it liberally to our clothes and body. We didn’t really worry about contracting a serious illness from bug bites, it was that infernal itching that lasted for weeks after the initial contact that stuck in the back of our minds. Now, each summer we hear about new illnesses that crop up from these bug and insect bites. First was Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, followed by Lyme Disease, Heartland Virus and now Alpha Gal. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the most common tick virus in the U.S., is transmitted by dermacentor (common looking) ticks. The symptoms include fever, headache and muscle pain. Later, a severe skin rash can develop, Lyme Disease has similar symptoms with a less prominent rash. The latest discovered illnesses, Heartland Virus, named for the hospital near St. Joseph, Mo., where it was discovered, and Alpha Gal are transmitted by the Lone Star tick. The adult tick is easily identified by

a white spot on its back. Heartland symptoms include fever and tiredness. It has also been d i s c o v e re d i n Tennessee and while most tickborne diseases can be cured by antibiotics, Heartland has no vaccine available. Alpha Gal comes on quickly in the form of a severe allergic reaction. The virus causes the reaction when red meat is consumed and usually happened four to five hours after the meal. Rick of Weaver ’s Tackle and Campground suffered the illness last year and is doing well after a night in ICU. A test for the disease is available. Bacteria transmission from a tick can occur within a few hours to several days after the tick attaches to the skin. After possible exposure, the body should be thoroughly checked and any ticks removed. If a tick is attached to the body, remove it with tweezers by the head of the tick. Do not squeeze the body. Clean the area with antiseptic and continue checking for several days, because these little creatures are good at escaping initial detection. The best protection against an unwanted encounter is to wear light clothing with long sleeves and pant legs with cuffs pushed down in your socks. Spray liberally with bug repellent, with extra DEET. It will also ward off mosquitoes that can carry the West Nile virus. **** When I started trout fishing years ago, I was always looking for lures that would catch fish with my ultra light spinning gear. Knowing that fly fishermen catch trout on wooly worms, why now tie a wooly that could be used on spinning gear? Thus, the wooly worm jig was born. I tied them in various colors and gave them to co-workers who had good success

with them at Montauck and Maramec Springs. ■ Hook: 8 or 10 jig hook with heavy head ■ Head: Black (white or yellow eye optional) ■ Body: Chenille (black or brown) or peacock herl ■ Hackle: Brown, black and grizzly ■ Tail: Red (optional) Cast out and retrieve with short

twitches. Extra long hackle creates more movement in the water. **** A very fanatical fisherman calls his doctor at home and says, “Doc, you gotta help me out. It’s an emergency. My baby swallowed a fish hook.” The doctor replies, “Bring him to my office, I’ll meet you there.” Before the doctor can even get to the door, the phone rings again and the fisherman says, “Never mind Doc. I found another fish hook.” **** Send your comments to questions to: Richard Rehm 3267 Childress Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63139 or by e-mail to indktor@yahoo. com

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The life of a trout at Bennett Local filmmaker, fly fisherman chronicles the life cycle of hatchery-raised fish By Kelly Morgan Trout Talk

Some of Laclede County’s wettest citizens might find themselves famous, thanks to a Kansas City filmmakerturned-Lebanon resident. Filmmaker Bobby Thompson is currently working on a short documentary about the life of a trout, which he plans to shoot at Bennett Spring State Park. Thompson, a Kansas City native, used to be a graphic designer and went freelance in 2000 when Canon debuted the first DSLR camera. Also in 2000, Apple released the video editing program Final Cut Pro, prompting Thompson to begin editing video. From there, he began getting involved in film festivals, working on film crews and, finally, making his own films. Over the course of his career, he has shot still photos and video for NBC, LL Bean, National Geographic Adventurer, the Harlem Globetrotters, ESPN and the Weather Channel, as Thompson well as producing the independent films “Red 54,” “Candy Apple Red” and “Triptych.” In September 2013, Thompson moved to Lebanon. While he said that he had family who had grown up in the area, his real reason for moving here had to do the availability of recreation. “There’s just a lot more recreational things that I can do when I’m not out working or shooting someplace,” he stated. “I’ve still got interstate access, so I can drive to wherever I need to shoot pretty easily. It actually makes it closer to some towns — I can get to Memphis, New Orleans — I work in New Orleans a little bit.” When Thompson talks about Lebanon having more recreational opportunities than Kansas City, he is referring to the town’s proximity to several rivers. That’s because Thompson is an avid fly fisherman, an interest which played a significant role in his decision to make a documentary about trout. “I’m a fly fisherman. It just kind of hit me that might something (that would) be interesting. With that kind of film, you definitely have to have a passion for the subject, and like I said, fly fishing is definitely one of my passions,” Thompson said. For now, Thompson’s documen-

tary is in what he calls the “very, very, very conceptual stage,” by which he means that he has the park’s permission to shoot a documentary and that he has done some storyboarding, but he hasn’t shot much actual footage yet — although he did cover the Opening Day of trout season at Bennett Spring. Once it gets off the ground, Thompson intends his film to follow the life cycle of a hatchery-bred trout from spawning to the angler’s hook, and possibly even to someone’s dinner plate. The project, which Thompson says he is doing in between more lucrative films, will only result in a 5 to 10 minute documentary but will represent approximately 40 hours of work. During that process, he says that he will undoubtedly learn more about trout and how they are reared. “You always learn from anything you film,” he said. “You kind of learn about the subject as you go along, which can change the film. You don’t always end up with exactly what you thought you would end up with, so you have to be kind of flexible about how the projects go.” In addition to learning about trout, Thompson also hopes to learn something about cellphone video. “I’m kind of also doing this as an experiment with small media,” he stated. “I’m going to film the entire thing on small consumer cameras because that is what’s popular right now. And I just got back from lecturing at a college, and that’s what they wanted to hear about was how filmmakers can use these new media tools to tell their stories.”

To that end, Thompson plans to use no equipment other than an iPhone and

a small camera called a GoPro to film the documentary. While shooting with a cell phone might prove to pose some technical challenges, Thompson said the artistic side of filmmaking is the same regardless of what equipment is being used. “Framing is framing, composition is composition, color is color,” he stated. “All the principles of cinematography, you use those no matter what you’re shooting on. I’ve shot on cameras that cost more than my house, and I’ve shot things on an iPhone. You use what you have available and what’s best for that particular shot or project.” Once the documentary is finished, Thompson hopes that it will be good enough to enter in film festivals. He thinks it might be particularly suited for a few he knows of that specialize in outdoor-related films. Following that, he said he will probably post it on the Internet.

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Old trees have new life at Wild Oaks Sculptor uses chainsaw, fire to create works of art at the campground By Kelly Morgan Trout Talk

Where one person sees scrap wood, another person might see the makings of a work of art. At least, that’s what Wild Oaks Campground owner Mel Bidwell was counting on when he hired Willard-based artist Keith Gregory to transform some of the trees at his campground into statues last summer. Bidwell explained that the statues were carved from trees that the campground would have had to cut down anyway in order to replace its septic system. “We just wanted to do something with them,” he said. “I mean, it was just a waste of cutting down all those trees, and we have plenty left for fire-

wood out here still, so we used what we could for carvings. It’ll probably be a good thing to bring people in.” The statues are actually carved from the tall stumps of the trees, which were left in the ground. Gregory began his career as an artist using a knife to create much smaller wood carvings. However, it was only a matter of time before he thought of combining his artistic talent with experience gained through more mundane chores. “I started out knife carving -- you know, hand carving,” Gregory explained. “Of course, being a knife carver and being good with a chainsaw -- you know, cutting firewood and stuff -- I naturally started thinking,

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that the campground was packed, and Gregory had an audience. He said he is used to doing carving demonstrations, though, and actually likes to be watched. “They provide the energy, and you just keep going, and it works pretty good,” Gregory said. Of course, working in July also meant that it was hot -- very hot. “It was hot,” Gregory remembered. “I was bushed. The thing about those carvings was there wasn’t enough room to set up a tent to get myself out of the sun, so I just had to spray on the sunscreen and go after it. So it was really hot. And I’m 47 years old, so it was kind of rough.” Gregory estimates that the carvings at Wild Oaks Campground took a total of Wild Oaks Campground owners Mel and Cynfour days to complete, with thia Bidwell pose with the “happy bear” statue at the biggest bear statue taking the campground. a day and a half all by itself. In the end, Gregory said he wasn’t satisfied with the results of his efforts, but that’s normal. “I’m never satisfied,” he admitted. “I’m never satisfied with how it turns out. I’m a perfectionist, and that’s what drives me to be a better carver: trying to make the next carving better. So I’m never satisfied -- but they look okay.” Gregory might not be satisfied with his work, but Bidwell said that campers at Wild Oaks like the statues just fine -- especially those who watched them come to life. “They love them,” Bidwell said. “When he was up here doing them, the people who were camping here were all sitting out there in their lawn chairs watching him do it. They were eating food or (drinking) pops and lemonade or something, and he had a crowd of people watching him doing it. You know, it’s pretty amazing sitting there watching a great big, old round -- just a tall stump -- turn into something. They were all pretty amazed at how fast he could do it.” Bidwell must be satisfied, too, because he’s trying to get back on Gregory’s docket to have some more statues carved. “We’re trying to get him back. We’ve got some (stumps) that are like two, 3 foot up off the ground An owl statue displays the words “Wild is all that’s left of them. We’re Oaks” across its base, complete with a trying to get him to come back drawing of an owl inside the letter “o,” just and do turtles, raccoons or somelike in the Wild Oaks logo. thing,” Bidwell stated.

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Fuller named Water Conservationist of the Year by Conservation Federation Local MDC expert among 3 honored at annual awards banquet From MDC

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — James Civiello’s and Craig Fuller ’s longtime dedication to improving the state’s fishing opportunities and aquatic resources and Dwayne Bowden’s work with hunter education have earned the three southwest Missouri individuals recognition from the Conservation Federation of Missouri. The trio was honored at the Conservation Federation’s awards banquet on March 21 at the Capital Plaza Hotel. Each year, the Federation recognizes conservation volunteers and professionals for their efforts to improve and protect our natural resources. Civiello received the Federation’s Professional Conservationist of the Year award, Fuller was named the Water Conservationist of the Year and Bowden received the Hunter Education Instructor of the Year award. Currently, Civiello is the Missouri Department of Conservation’s hatchery systems manager and his office is at Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery near Branson, Mo. He oversees operation of the state’s five cold-water and four warm-water hatcheries. During his 28 years with the Department, Civiello has been heavily involved in the advancement of Missouri’s trout management. He helped develop a seasonal trout production schedule at Shepherd of the Hills and has provided oversight for hatchery renovation projects statewide. He also developed a computer program to track trout production and feed use at cold-water hatcheries, coordinated with department research staff to improve the nutritional content of trout feed. In addition to his work with trout and other sportfish, Civiello also pioneered culturing techniques for Ozark and eastern hellbender; techniques that have

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Craig Fuller, center, was named the Water Conservationist of the Year by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, Fuller, who works in the MDC Lebanon, Mo., office, has worked with county governments to coordinate the replacement of 16 low-water crossings in the Niangua darter’s range that were identified aquatic organism passage barriers, as well as other projects. Also pictured is Brandon Butler, left, the executive director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and David Smith of Bass Pro. helped in the recovery effort of these state-endangered amphibians at the St. Louis Zoo. Working with endangered species has also been a key emphasis for Fuller, a Department of Conservation fisheries management biologist at the Department’s Lebanon, Mo., office. Fuller is currently the Federal Recovery Team Leader for the Niangua darter, a federally threatened and state endangered fish. (The only place in the world this small fish is found is in a few tributaries of the Osage River in south-central Missouri.) Since 2004, Fuller has worked with county governments to coordinate the replacement of 16 low-water crossings in the Niangua darter ’s range that were identified aquatic

organism passage barriers. The design of these new bridge crossings allows greater movement for Niangua darters and other aquatic organisms in the stream channel. Fuller was instrumental in securing funding from state and federal sources for the construction of these crossings. He also coordinated in-

kind contributions from county commissions and road districts. Fuller has provided consultation on several other low-water crossings; work has been viewed as the “gold standard” example for these type of projects in Missouri and elsewhere in the U.S. In addition to his work with the Niangua darter, Fuller also works with private landowners on stream and riparian issues, oversees management of sportfish species in the streams in the three-county area Fuller oversees. Fuller also manages Pomme de Terre reservoir and has focused on improving that lake’s muskellunge habitat. Springfield, Mo., resident Bowden was deeply involved in the transition to the new hunter education format in the southwest part of Missouri. His skills with computer technology and audiovisual equipment are a valuable asset to hunter education teams in Greene and Webster counties in Missouri. His efforts were integral in Seymour, where he set up the skills session portion of the hunter education curriculum and a lecture area with AV equipment and learning stations so individuals in that area could be certified. In 2013, Bowden assisted with 17 hunter education programs; an effort that reached 626 Missourians. In doing so, he volunteered 103 hours and logged 561 miles on his personal vehicle.

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Fact or Fiction?

Circus Challenge

Circuses have many acts from lion tamers to acrobats. Here are some questions about circuses and circus acts. How many can you answer correctly? 1) Some circuses take place in a tent known as the small top. Fact or Fiction? 2) Most of the action in a circus takes place in a ring. Fact or Fiction? 3) Only one act can perform at a time in a circus. Fact or Fiction? 4) The ringmaster oversees all of the action in a circus. Fact or Fiction? 5) The ringmaster wears baggy jeans and a bright-colored T-shirt. Fact or Fiction? 6) Trapeze artists perform some of the most high-flying acts in a circus. Fact or Fiction? 7) Tightrope walkers use big cats in their acts. Fact or Fiction? 8) Most circuses have clowns. Fact or Fiction? 9) A circus clown might ride a one-wheeled bike called a tricycle. Fact or Fiction? 10) Some circuses also have dancers and fire breathers. Fact or Fiction? Answers: 1) Fiction, a circus tent is called the big top, 2) Fact, 3) Fiction, more than one act often performs at a time, 4) Fact, 5) Fiction, the ringmaster wears a top hat with a brightly colored topcoat and tails, 6) Fact, 7) Fiction, tightrope walkers usually do not perform with animals, especially big cats like lions and tigers, 8) Fact, 9) Fiction, a onewheeled bike is called a unicycle, 10) Fact

One of Barnum’s Best Have you ever heard of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus? It is a combination of circuses started long ago, including one run by P.T. Barnum. Barnum was known for finding great circus acts, including Jumbo the elephant. Barnum found Jumbo at the London Zoo where the elephant was famous for giving kids rides. In fact, when P.T. Barnum offered to buy Jumbo from the zoo, thousands of children wrote to Queen Victoria begging her not to let the sale take place. Barnum bought Jumbo for $10,000 and showed the elephant in his circus until it died in 1885. Jumbo’s story did not end there, however. Barnum made several donations to Tufts University, and in his honor, the university named Jumbo its mascot.

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