Outdoor News


photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation show that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 7,728 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 1-3. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 250, Macon with 212 and Pike with 205 deer checked. In...
Crappie fishing on both lakes is as good as ever. S&M chrome-head jigs, live minnows and swimming minnows are all working. It has been a long time since so many limits have come off both lakes. Saturday I watched a man catch big crappie on a jerkbait around standing timber. Some exceptionally...
Warmer than usual weather has made bass fishing fun as many baits that normally don’t work well this time of year are doing fine. Spinnerbaits, top water, spoons, Bama rigs and jigs are all working and working well. Try fishing docks by pitching a jig or crawfish-type bait as several anglers have...

Ethan Donley shot this 10-point buck while hunting with his Grandpa Paul Tucker on his Grandpa Dan Donley’s farm in Thornfield.
Young hunters ages 6 to 15 took 50 additional deer (25 bucks, 2 button bucks and 23 does) over the three-day youth-specific late deer season. That makd a total of  218 deer killed during youth seasons this year when paired with the 168 deer killed during the early youth season Oct. 28-29. ...

Hayden Johns, 8, killed this 8-point buck during early youth season while hunting with a family friend in Theodosia.
The late portion of the youth deer firearms season will be held this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24-26. Youth ages 6 to 15 are eligible to participate. Only one antlered deer may be taken during the entire firearms season, all portions combined. Up to two anterless deer may be taken during...

Feral hogs root up a glade in Ozark County looking for food. Feral hogs are usually black or brown with long hair, tails and snout. They reproduce rapidly and can double their population every few months.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is working with public and private conservation partners through the Missouri Feral Hog Partnership to eliminate feral hogs from Missouri. Partner agencies are helping landowners remove hogs from their properties through trapping, and some landowners are...
Warmer than usual temperatures have made bass fishing with top water and spinnerbaits possible this time of year. The Bama rig will soon be the go-to bait as well as the jig. Bass will be found on the main lake points and in the first third of the major tributaries. Look at depths of 20 to 25 feet...
Stripers on Norfork Lake are now feeding during the day on flats in the 30-foot range. Large schools of shad are roaming the flats, and the stripers are cruising within the shad. I pre-fished Thursday and Friday near Reynolds Island in Big Creek and found stripers feeding mid-morning. The first day...

Volunteer Hailey Turner, left, and John Peter, MDC wildlife resource technician at Caney Mountain Conservation Area, take a tissue sample from a deer Sunday at the chronic wasting disease check station at Gainesville High School. For the first time, Ozark County was one of the counties where mandatory sampling was conducted during opening weekend of the firearms deer season. It was added to the list of counties where mandatory sampling is being conducted after CWD was detected in animals in Arkansas.
Missouri hunters harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season Nov. 11-12, according to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Last year Missouri hunters checked 96,131 deer during opening weekend. By Tuesday morning,...
It’s Asian ladybug season in Ozark County and elsewhere in the Midwest. Residents are reporting large numbers of the small beetles that are invading homes and other structures. A Missouri University Extention web page (http://extension.missouri.edu/p/g7369) says the beetles “do not sting, carry...

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