From Xplor for Kids
October 2010 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Oct 01, 2010

For weeks, twins Ashton and Nina Smith had gone to the shooting range to practice firing their dad’s deer rifle. When deer season came around, they could hit the center of the target every time.

The girls flipped a coin to see who would hunt first. Ashton won. She brought coloring books to keep her busy in the blind while waiting for a deer. But, she fell asleep before she could lift a crayon.

Luckily, her dad kept watch. He nudged her awake when an 8-point buck walked in. Ashton took aim and squeezed the trigger. BLAM! The buck dropped. It was a perfect shot.

Nina wasn’t so lucky. She missed several deer that season. But the following year—after more practice at the shooting range— she shot a nice 10-pointer.

Nina called from the woods to brag to Ashton how much bigger her deer was than her sister’s.

Nina and Ashton still like to deer hunt, though these days they shoot more does than bucks. Last fall, they each harvested an elk from a game farm in the Ozarks. Ashton also likes to turkey hunt with her dad. She got a 24-pound tom last spring.

When they’re not hunting or going to school, the twins like to fish for crappie at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Get deer-hunting info.

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop & Dave: Fall Color at Hickory Canyons

Dave Stonner shot this photo of colorful fall trees at Hickory Canyons Natural Area near Farmington.

You Discover

With birds migrating south, leaves changing color and hunting seasons gearing up, there’s plenty for you to discover in October and November. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wild Jobs: Snake Charmer Jeff Briggler

Jeff dives headfirst into nearly everything. He overflows with curiosity about nature, especially animals that give some folks the creeps.

Missouri's Creepiest Creatures

Some creatures make folks shriek “Eeek!” Maybe it’s their hairraising appearance or the way they scurry, skitter or slither.


Got snot? Of course you do. Your nose makes enough every day to fill a soda bottle. And, that’s a good thing.

Foggy Forest

A foggy fall forest might seem spooky, but there's nothing to fear. Sit quietly against a tree, and you'll be surprised by what you'll see.

Xplor More: Make a Milkweed Bracelet

Not long ago, nature was a grocery store, pharmacy and hardware shop all rolled into one.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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