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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...
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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