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Last week was another crazy week of Norfork Lake weather that produced lots of inconsistent patterns. We started the week cold and with good fishing. As the week wore on, we had lots of high winds, bad storms, rising water, high boat traffic – and slower fishing. We ended the week with cold weather...

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Hammond Mill Camp, Inc., is celebrating 70 years of hosting camps with an open house and spring clean-up day to be held Saturday, April 28. “This is a great opportunity to tour the camp and learn more about this treasure in the Ozarks,” said Hammond campground manager Rick Yeager. “It’s also an...
Montgomery Mitchell, 8, killed this turkey April 7 while hunting with her dad, Brett Mitchell. The bird weighed 24 pounds and had a 10 1/2-inch beard and 1 1/8-inch spurs.
The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages homeowners and landscapers to avoid planting Callery pear trees this spring. Better known as Bradford pears, the Callery pear tree is an invasive species known to multiply quickly and crowd out Missouri native plants. While it’s been a popular...

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The 13th annual Blessing of the Fleet will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Pontiac Cove Marina in Pontiac. The day will begin with a lake, park and highway clean-up sponsored by the marina from 9 a.m. to noon. The marina will provide trash bags and gloves to anyone who participates, and a...
Mega Motorsports, a PowerSports dealer in West Plains, in partnership with manufacturer CFMOTO, has provided this 2017 ZForce 800 EX utility vehicle for use at Cloud 9 Ranch by ranch manager Ed Barfield during the spring and summer riding seasons. Pictured, from left: Mega Motorsports PowerSports...

Paul Goodwin, 9, of Gainesville, killed his first turkey Saturday during Missouri’s youth spring turkey season. Paul was hunting with his brother-in-law, Drew Dreckman.
Mother Nature didn’t provide the best backdrop for last weekend’s Missouri youth turkey hunt in the Ozarks. Snow and sleet on Saturday and Sunday morning, along with cooler temperatures throughout the day, made bagging a bird more difficult than usual. Despite the challenges, 13 Ozark County youth...

Missouri Department of Transportation employees Shannon Huff, left, and Kane Thomas show the yellow trash bags available from MoDOT’s Gainesville maintenance shed for volunteers picking up trash along the roadsides.
Ozark Countians are showing their appreciation for their beautiful home in the hills – and their disdain for the litter that takes away from its beauty. Reports are coming in of residents working along its winding roadsides during April, which has been designated “Clean Up Trash  month” by the...

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The fifth annual Lake Norfork Fireworks bass fishing tournament will be held Saturday, April 21, at Panther Bay launch ramp. First prize is $500, and proceeds benefit Lake Norfork’s 33rd annual Independence Eve Fireworks Show.Entry is $50 per team with an optional $10 Big Bass Pot. Entry forms are...
Well, we started April with cold, rain and snow on Norfork Lake. I figured striper fishing would be dead until we started getting warmer weather and south winds. The direct opposite happened.I had a trip on Monday, April 2, and caught over 12 stripers and hybrids in two different spots using two...

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