Outdoor News

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...

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...

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