Outdoor News


Blaine Watkins killed his first deer, an 8-point buck, while hunting with his dad, Lance Watkins, on the family farm in Dora.
Young hunters ages 6 to 15 took to the Ozark County woods last weekend and bagged a total of 168 deer (109 bucks, 15 button bucks and 44 does) over the two-day youth-specific early deer season. Thirty-four more deer were killed this year compared with Ozark County youth’s total of 134 deer killed...

Youth deer season
Young hunters ages 6 to 15 across the state will be taking to the woods this weekend as the first session of Missouri's youth deer season is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-29. Youth hunters are able to harvest one deer of either sex during the early youth portion. If the young hunter has more...

Share the Harvest program
By Jerry Kiger, Conservation Agent Things looked bleak for the Ozark County Food Pantry when Randall and Karin Vaught sold out and moved to Arkansas last year. Randall had been processing deer for many years here in Gainesville, and for the past several years he was our one and only processor in...
Crappie fishing on both lakes has been good with exceptional catches on Bull Shoals. Several anglers have reported shallow schools of crappie feeding on shad. Needless to say, live minnows work very well, and we have them in stock. Look for any stick-up in fairly shallow water and start fishing....

Tom Reynolds, STR Outfitters
Stripers, walleye, bass and crappie are on their fall feeding pattern in Norfork Lake. Both live bait and artificial baits are working well. Stripers and walleye are hitting small- to medium-size shad. Crappies are biting on minnows, small spoons and jigs. Bass are being caught on the topwater...

Bassmaster Team Championship
For the second time in its four-year history, the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship is headed back to Arkansas. B.A.S.S. officials announced recently that the tournament will be held Dec. 6-9 on Norfork Lake near Mountain Home. The winning team will receive a new Nitro Bass Boat...

On the menu: Lake Norfork catches
Tecumseh resident Bill Driscoll shows off the six channel catfish he caught on a Lake Norfork trotline Monday. Earlier, Driscoll caught a mess of Ozark longpincher crawdads, which some consider a hillbilly improvement over Maine lobster. Driscoll, retired from the Missouri Department of...

Gourds can be useful in many creative ways
Our ancestors couldn’t go to the hardware store or shopping mall to buy utensils and other household essentials. Instead, they improvised with items found in nature. The dried fruit of several members of the cucumber family proved useful for many purposes, says University of Missouri Extension...

Bob Stickles
Bass fishing has picked up, with a variety of baits working. Top-water with a buzz bait or whopper popper or a popper will bring some keeper-size bass to the boat. The new Teckel frog has arrived and will be a winner. It has a tail like the whopper popper and is just about snag free. These are hard...

Bob Stickles
Lake levels are back to normal, and fishing has picked up. A major tournament on Bull Shoals was won a few weeks ago with 19-plus pounds. Buzz baits, spinnerbaits and crank baits have all been working. Look for bass on main lake bluffs starting at the bluff ends. Fish next to the bluffs with a...

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