Outdoor News

Beginning July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state. The managed hunts allow archery, muzzleloading and modern firearms at conservation areas, state and other parks, national...

Tommie Taylor shows one of the turkeys he killed during a recent hunting season. This one had four beards. His wife Donnis told the Times, “I can’t even imagine all the men he’s taken turkey hunting” in the 52 years since this story started.
Editor’s note: Ozark County native Tommie Taylor retired in 2016 after working for the county in different jobs for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Donnis, live in Gainesville. My turkey hunting story started when I was 14 years old. My friend Dale Chisam was working on my family’s barn one...
The best bass fishing is at night with plastic worms, jigs and single spins. Look for bass along bluff ends in 20 to 25 feet of water. Early mornings are showing some top-water activity, especially if it’s cloudy. A few anglers are having some luck with deep-diving crankbaits, but it’s a hit-and-...

Jackie Klineline, owner of Just Jackie’s restaurant at Pontiac, took this photo Sunday of the sunset over Bull Shoals Lake, which earned tops marks in a recent Ozarks Water Watch report comparing water quality in Upper White River sub-basins.
Bull Shoals Lake earned top marks in Ozarks Water Watch’s recently released 10th annual “Status of the Watershed Report.”The report, a summary of data from 12 monitoring projects, is designed to answer the question, “How’s the water?” in the Upper White River basin in southwest Missouri and...

MTNF photo Forest Service employees Daniel Oldham and Kyle Young removed a particularly dangerous tree from the Current River one section at a time after several floaters got caught in the “strainer,” resulting in more than 20 MSHP Water Division rescues over the Memorial Day weekend.
Doniphan – During the busy Memorial Day weekend, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division conducted approximately 20 water rescues on the Current River, including a near drowning, when river-goers got caught in the limbs and root system of a particularly large scarlet oak that had recently...

Jamie Pate holds the 45-pound bighead carp he and his father, John Pate, shot on Bull Shoals Lake. It’s the first bighead they’ve encountered at the lake.
Bull Shoals Lake is renowned for its monster striped bass, largemouth bass and delicious walleye. Straddling the Missouri and Arkansas border, it’s a great lake to whet a youngster’s appetite for a day or night of family fishing.But a recent catch by two bowfishermen is sending some shock waves...
Many folks may have wondered a year ago, following the most devastating flood on record, if Ozark County’s rivers would rebound. County officials and those operating tourist-dependent businesses worried that tourists and locals who had flocked to the river in previous years might not come back.But...
Striper and walleye fishing on Norfork Lake is the hot bite right now. The stripers have set into their summer pattern of being higher in the water column at early light then moving deeper as the sun comes up. The good news is the bite is lasting longer in the morning. We have been catching...
Grubs, jigs, flutter spoons and swim baits have all been effective recently on bass. Most of the bigger bass are down 15 to 20 feet during the day. Look for the old brush line and throw a jig, or fish the main lake bluff ends with a grub or flutter spoon. Both grubs and swimbaits have been most...

MTNF photo Forest Service employees Daniel Oldham and Kyle Young removed a particularly dangerous tree from the Current River one section at a time after several floaters got caught in the “strainer,” resulting in more than 20 MSHP Water Division rescues over the Memorial Day weekend.
Doniphan – During the busy Memorial Day weekend, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division conducted approximately 20 water rescues on the Current River, including a near drowning, when river-goers got caught in the limbs and root system of a particularly large scarlet oak that had recently...

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