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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...
Ozark County hunters bagged 20 turkeys during Missouri fall firearms turkey season Oct. 1-31, according to  Missouri Department of Conservation telecheck harvest data. Statewide, hunters checked 2,899 birds. The top harvest counties were Greene with 100, Texas with 95 and Dent with 94. The...

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Ozark County hunters who successfully harvest a deer during firearms season’s opening weekend Nov. 11-12 are required to present their deer to an area chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling station so tissue samples can be taken to test for the disease. The closest sampling stations for Ozark...
Missouri firearms deer season opens Saturday and will run for 10 days, through Tuesday, Nov. 21.  Hunters are allowed only one antlered deer during the entirety of firearms season (all portions combined). Two antlered deer may be taken in combination of archery and firearms hunting seasons combined...
I talked to the winner of the Joe Bass tournament, and Rock Crawler crank baits were the ticket. Most of the better fish came off the main lake not far from the bank.  Spinnerbaits on windy days are working, and the Whopper Popper and buzz baits are also bringing fish to the boat. Big bluegill are...

Vince Akers won first place in the recent Ozark Mountain Bass Club tournament with 10.47 pounds. Akers also won big bass with 2.45 pounds.
The Ozark Mountain Bass Club held its final tournament of the 2017 season on Oct. 14 out of the Spring Creek ramp on Bull Shoals Lake. Winners were Vince Akers, first place with 10.47 pounds; Brian Sherrill, second place with 8.19 pounds; and Caleb Cline, third place with 7.84 pounds. Akers also...

Tom Reynolds
Right now Norfork Lake’s hot spot for stripers is Robinson Point. Look for stripers starting at 30 feet and keep moving out until you find them feeding on the bottom. The schools will keep moving, so you will be on the move most of the morning. The striper, walleye, bass and crappie bite is moving...
Cooler temperatures will soon bring down water temperatures, and fishing will improve. Bass are being caught on top-water, spinnerbaits and jigs. Both main lake areas and creeks are producing fish. The challenge is to find keeper fish. Walleye fishermen are having luck with bass using spoons,...

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...

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