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Hayden Johns, 8, killed this 8-point buck during early youth season while hunting with a family friend in Theodosia.
The late portion of the youth deer firearms season will be held this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24-26. Youth ages 6 to 15 are eligible to participate. Only one antlered deer may be taken during the entire firearms season, all portions combined. Up to two anterless deer may be taken during...

Feral hogs root up a glade in Ozark County looking for food. Feral hogs are usually black or brown with long hair, tails and snout. They reproduce rapidly and can double their population every few months.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is working with public and private conservation partners through the Missouri Feral Hog Partnership to eliminate feral hogs from Missouri. Partner agencies are helping landowners remove hogs from their properties through trapping, and some landowners are...
Warmer than usual temperatures have made bass fishing with top water and spinnerbaits possible this time of year. The Bama rig will soon be the go-to bait as well as the jig. Bass will be found on the main lake points and in the first third of the major tributaries. Look at depths of 20 to 25 feet...
Stripers on Norfork Lake are now feeding during the day on flats in the 30-foot range. Large schools of shad are roaming the flats, and the stripers are cruising within the shad. I pre-fished Thursday and Friday near Reynolds Island in Big Creek and found stripers feeding mid-morning. The first day...

Volunteer Hailey Turner, left, and John Peter, MDC wildlife resource technician at Caney Mountain Conservation Area, take a tissue sample from a deer Sunday at the chronic wasting disease check station at Gainesville High School. For the first time, Ozark County was one of the counties where mandatory sampling was conducted during opening weekend of the firearms deer season. It was added to the list of counties where mandatory sampling is being conducted after CWD was detected in animals in Arkansas.
Missouri hunters harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season Nov. 11-12, according to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Last year Missouri hunters checked 96,131 deer during opening weekend. By Tuesday morning,...
It’s Asian ladybug season in Ozark County and elsewhere in the Midwest. Residents are reporting large numbers of the small beetles that are invading homes and other structures. A Missouri University Extention web page (http://extension.missouri.edu/p/g7369) says the beetles “do not sting, carry...
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...

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