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Times photo/Jessi Dreckman A hands-on exhibit in the Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium allows young visitors, and those young at heart, to touch rays, horseshoe crabs and other aquatic life.
I had just entered Springfield’s new Wonders of Wildlife museum, stopping to admire the massive short-faced bear perched at the entrance and continuing on to read the plaque of a white-tail deer headdress at one of the first  display boxes, when a teenage girl and two adults made their way up the...
Crappie are still biting, but they have gone somewhat deeper. Live minnows, chrome-head jigs and jerkbaits are all working. Small spoons have also been effective. Look for crappie anywhere you find some standing timber or brush piles. Bass fishing this past week has been tough. Jigs and the Bama...

Bob Stickles
This cold spell will have an effect on both bass and crappie. Bass will be deeper than they have been, and jigs and the Bama rig should both work well. Look for bass on both the main lake and in the first third of major creeks, like Pine Branch. The Rock Crawler crank bait that has been working so...
Whitley Uchtman, 8, killed this spike buck with a .243 rifle the last weekend of youth season while hunting with her stepmother, Kim Curtis. She is the daughter of Holly Uchtman and Russell Curtis.
Christmas trees can be left at the side of any Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp on Norfork or Bull Shoals lake to be used as fish cover. Those leaving trees at the ramps should be careful not to block the ramp and parking areas. All trees must be real, not artificial, and must be free of ornaments...

Missouri Department of Conservation
The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for these 2018-2019 turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates: 2018 spring and fall turkey seasons Spring youth portion: April 7-8 Regular spring turkey season: April 16-May 6...

First place: Caleb Kline, left, and Pete Pearson won first place in Ozark Mountain Bass Club’s December tournament with a total of 24.82 pounds. Pearson also won the big bass prize with 4.56 pounds.
The Ozark Mountain Bass Club held its monthly tournament Dec. 16 out of Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake. For the  2018 year, the format has gone back to team competition where partners are drawn for each event. Winners of the December tournament were Caleb Kline and Pete Pearson, first...

Bob Stickles
Crappie fishing on both lakes continues to be very good. Brush piles on Norfork and timbered bluffs on Bull Shoals are both producing well. Chrome-head jigs in 1/16 or 1/8 have been hard to beat. Live minnows soaked about 15 feet deep are also producing well. On Bull Shoals, crappie appear to be in...

Craig Barulich
Craig Barulich of Kansas City became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a skipjack herring Nov. 12 on the Missouri River using a rod and reel. The new “pole and line” skipjack herring record weighed 3 pounds, breaking the previous state record of 2 pounds, 11 ounces....

Jeff Rowland
Jeff Rowland of Poplar Bluff became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he gigged a northern hog sucker on the Current River in Ripley County, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Rowland on Oct. 15 weighed 2...

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