Outdoor News

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...

Photo courtesy Lynn Bentele
Tom and Lynn Bentele have a new walking companion. For about two months, this wild tom turkey has befriended the Benteles and others in their Zanoni neighborhood and shows up to accompany them on daily walks. He may be hoping for protection as Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season started Sunday.
Missouri Department of Conservation staff remind fall river floaters and anglers to check the status of MDC river accesses before heading out on a canoe trip or an evening of gigging. More than 184 MDC accesses and conservation areas were damaged in this year’s historic spring flooding. MDC says...
A hunter education class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Gainesville High School library. Those taking the class much be at least 11 years old on or before the date of the class and must register online at mdc.mo.gov. Follow the online links to Hunter Education, Skills Session...

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