Roaring River State Park

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Hooked: Opening day of trout season a long tradition

LEBANON – Rick Langdon and Ken Henry shared a bit of fisherman’s remorse with Gov. Jay Nixon on the opening day of trout season at Bennett Spring State Park.

“Been coming here since I was 14, and didn’t catch a fish for the first time ever,” said Langdon, who is 46 and from Conway, Mo. Henry also lamented being shut out.

“It’s been slow,” agreed the governor. “They’re out there, though.”

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Three trout parks. Streams stocked every night. Hope springs eternal.

Picture perfect: Tips to get the best wildlife photography in Missouri's State Parks

Kerry Hays, a park and historic site specialist at Roaring River State Park in Cassville, spends a lot of time behind a camera.

Whether it's shooting pictures of events at the park, doing work on his own or capturing some of the signature bald eagle photos at Missouri's state parks, Hays has spent a lot of time with cold feet and a camera bag strapped around his waist.

How did Hays get those great winter bird pictures?

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