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With fall firearms turkey season and archery season underway, the Missouri Department of Conservation predicts it could be a challenging season because this year’s annual wild turkey brood survey shows statewide turkey production was below average.  The statewide poult-to-hen ratio (PHR) for this...

Arthur Fortin, left, and Jacob Wisecup won first place with 16.48 pounds in the Ozark Mountain Bass Club’s monthly tournament Sept. 15 out of Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake.
Arthur Fortin and Jacob Wisecup won first place with 16.48 pounds in this month’s Ozark Mountain Bass Club tournament held out of Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake. Despite being hot on Sept. 15, several fish were caught. Second place was won by Pete Pearson and Taylor Bradshaw with 13.23...
The Norfork Lake striper bite will continue near the dam until the water begins to cool. Now, instead of the water getting cooler it’s going up with the warm afternoons. No rain increases the chances that the stripers will be near the dam for a while. The latest oxygen level shows there is no...

Ozark County resident Austin Thompson killed this doe Sunday. Twelve other deer and one turkey were also harvested in the county during opening weekend of bow season.
Missouri archery deer and turkey seasons opened Saturday, and hunters all over the state took to the woods throughout the hot and muggy weekend in hopes of a successful hunt. Of the 1,584 deer and 72 turkey that were harvested statewide over the weekend, 13 deer (five antlered bucks and eight does...
The Ozark Mountain Bass Club held its last night tournament of the year on Aug. 25 out of Pontiac Cove on Bull Shoals Lake. Several fish were caught. Jigs and single-spins appeared to work well.  First place was won by Greg Phillips and Caleb Cline with 24.23 pounds. Second place went to Pete...

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The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a free gigging clinic for youth age 15 and younger on the North Fork of the White River in Ozark County on Oct. 6. MDC agent Tom Leeker said the specific location and other details will be announced later. The first 20 youth to sign up by calling...
Seedlings from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s George O. White State Forest Nursery may be ordered from now through April 15, 2019, as supplies last. MDC says a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings are available for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, wildlife food...

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The new course gives those 16 years and older more flexible and convenient options to become bowhunter-education certified.   The Missouri Department of Conservation now offers an all-online bowhunter education course for Missouri residents age 16 and older. The new course offers a more flexible...
The Norfork Lake striper bite was very good last week. We fished every day and had limits each day up to Sunday, when the wind was strong and from the east and the schools we have been seeing did not show up. Between my son and I, we did catch 11 stripers, but that’s the lowest number caught this...
Heavy machinery was spotted at the Tecumseh access of Norfork Lake over the weekend, and some residents have wondered if the equipment means the Army Corps of Engineers has begun its planned renovation of the Tecumseh access, officially scheduled to begin in December 2019 and be completed by April...

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