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Eli Strain, 15, son of David Strain and Lynn Stone, killed this 8-point buck with a .30-.30 rifle during the recent firearms deer season.
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested a near-record 199,427 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season Nov. 10-20.  Of the 199,427 deer harvested, 102,930 were antlered bucks, 19,924 were button bucks, and 76,...

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An antlerless-only portion of firearms deer season is scheduled for this weekend, Friday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2, in Ozark County.  During the three-day antlerless-only season, hunters in Ozark County, along with several other Missouri counties designated by MDC to be within the chronic...

Sailor Anderson killed this buck during the early portion of Missouri's 2018 youth deer season.
The late session of Missouri youth firearms deer season will be held Nov. 23-25. Youth ages 6 to 15 are eligible to participate. To have a youth deer season photo published in the Ozark County Times, bring it to the Times office during  business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday), send the...

West Plains-based MDC fisheries management biologist Nathan Recktenwald takes a sample from a deer killed Saturday by Blaine Taylor, left, at the sampling station at Gainesville High School. While mandatory sampling has ended here, voluntary sampling is encouraged and can be done in Ozark County by contacting McKinzie Taxidermy at 870-321-379 or 870-321-3483.
Deer hunters in Ozark County braved temperatures in the teens Saturday morning as they took to the woods for the opening day of 2018 firearms season. This year’s opening-weekend harvest total was not available at press time, but the Missouri Department of Conservation website posted an unofficial...

This photo from the Elks.org website shows Dennis McAleese, right, Veterans Leather Program chair, speaking with a wheelchair-bound veteran who received a pair of reinforced, fingerless buckskin gloves as part of the Elks Lodge program. The Elks Club makes the gloves from deer hides donated by hunters.
Deer hunters are being asked to bring the hides from their harvested deer to Elks Clubs in West Plains or Mountain Home, Arkansas, to participate in the Elks’ national program that makes buckskin gloves for veterans in wheelchairs.  Dennis McAleese, of Elizabeth, Arkansas, is the national chairman...

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The early session of youth firearms deer season will be held Oct. 27-28. Youth ages 6 to 15 are eligible to participate. Only one deer of either sex may be taken during the early youth portion. The late portion of this year’s youth season will be held Nov. 23-25. For more information or to purchase...

Dolan Hawkins, left and his dad, Richard Hawkins, in an undated photograph taken in front of the chicken house on the family’s farm near Romance.
I was born at Romance in May 1938. When I was 5 years old my dad, Richard Hawkins, bought me my first gun, a .22 single shot, and taught me how to shoot squirrels and rabbits. Then, in 1943, Dad heard there was going to be a deer hunt in Ozark County the next year, 1944.  We lived close to Caney...

Scott and Wanda Brown were recognized for their Missouri Century Farm on Friday during Hootin an Hollarin. Also pictured are MU Extension staff members Traci Foster, left, and Randy Wiedmeier.
Scott and Wanda Brown of Theodosia were recognized for their Missouri Century Farm on Friday during Hootin an Hollarin. The award was presented by Randy Wiedmeier representing the MU Extension Service here. The Brown family farm was established Aug. 27, 1898, by Scott Brown’s great-great-...

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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...

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