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The U.S. Forest Service has announced a ban on feral hog hunting within the Mark Twain National Forest except in “opportunistic circumstances,” when a hunter sees a hog while hunting for deer or turkey. In this MDC photo, the destructive invasive species was photographed polluting a normally pristine Ozark County spring.
Missourians will no longer be able to hunt feral hogs freely on public land within the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF). The announcement was made earlier this month by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as the agency continues its work to eliminate the invasive species from the state. Feral hog...

The U.S. Forest Service has announced a ban on feral hog hunting within the Mark Twain National Forest except in “opportunistic circumstances,” when a hunter sees a hog while hunting for deer or turkey. In this MDC photo, the destructive invasive species was photographed polluting a normally pristine Ozark County spring.
Missourians will no longer be able to hunt feral hogs freely on public land within the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF). The announcement was made earlier this month by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as the agency continues its work to eliminate the invasive species from the state. Feral hog...

Couple has unforgettable deer hunt: Wyatt and Kiya Grisham had an unforgettable opening morning of deer season this year. Wyatt killed a nice 10-point buck on the Grisham farm off Highway 181 that he’s had his eye on through game camera photos for several months, but Kiya’s harvest was truly unforgettable. She killed an 8-point piebald buck, which has white and brown patchy fur, while hunting in Pontiac. “It’s a once in a lifetime buck,” she said. Albino deer and piebald deer, or partially albino deer, fall under the same regulations as normally colored animals, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. A 2019 Mossy Oak article says hunters have a one in 30,000 chance of seeing a true albino deer, whose recessive genetic traits keep it from having any coloration in its hair, tissue or skin, in the wild. Piebald deer, also caused by a genetic variation, are slightly more common; 2 percent of the current whitetail deer population are piebald.
A total of 861 deer were harvested in Ozark County Nov. 16-17 during opening weekend of the 2019 firearms deer season, including 252 does, 541 antlered bucks and 68 button bucks. Figures for opening weekend of the 2018 weekend weren’t available, but the Missouri Department of Conservation...

Couple has unforgettable deer hunt: Wyatt and Kiya Grisham had an unforgettable opening morning of deer season this year. Wyatt killed a nice 10-point buck on the Grisham farm off Highway 181 that he’s had his eye on through game camera photos for several months, but Kiya’s harvest was truly unforgettable. She killed an 8-point piebald buck, which has white and brown patchy fur, while hunting in Pontiac. “It’s a once in a lifetime buck,” she said. Albino deer and piebald deer, or partially albino deer, fall under the same regulations as normally colored animals, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. A 2019 Mossy Oak article says hunters have a one in 30,000 chance of seeing a true albino deer, whose recessive genetic traits keep it from having any coloration in its hair, tissue or skin, in the wild. Piebald deer, also caused by a genetic variation, are slightly more common; 2 percent of the current whitetail deer population are piebald.
A total of 861 deer were harvested in Ozark County Nov. 16-17 during opening weekend of the 2019 firearms deer season, including 252 does, 541 antlered bucks and 68 button bucks. Figures for opening weekend of the 2018 weekend weren’t available, but the Missouri Department of Conservation website...

The National Weather Service in Springfield said structures were damaged and hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted Oct. 21 by the EF-1 tornado that tore through the northeastern section of Ozark County. This large oak was blown down, blocking a residential driveway off County Road 154.
The National Weather Service in Springfield confirmed last week that the nighttime storm which swept through Ozark County in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 21, was an EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 105 miles per hour.   The  NWS announcement, described as “preliminary,” said the...

The National Weather Service in Springfield said structures were damaged and hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted Oct. 21 by the EF-1 tornado that tore through the northeastern section of Ozark County. This large oak was blown down, blocking a residential driveway off County Road 154.
The National Weather Service in Springfield confirmed last week that the nighttime storm which swept through Ozark County in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 21, was an EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 105 miles per hour.   The  NWS announcement, described as “preliminary,” said the tornado...

David Mahan, left, and Kevin Honeycutt repair a fence that was torn down early Monday morning when a tree came down on Highway 95 near Theodosia, pulling up a huge root ball.
Many Ozark Countians this week are cutting their way through a thicket of downed trees and fences and celebrating the return of electrical power – or maybe still waiting for the lights to come back on, after a strong, swift storm swept through the area in the early-morning hours  Monday.Between 1:...

David Mahan, left, and Kevin Honeycutt repair a fence that was torn down early Monday morning when a tree came down on Highway 95 near Theodosia, pulling up a huge root ball.
Many Ozark Countians this week are cutting their way through a thicket of downed trees and fences and celebrating the return of electrical power – or maybe still waiting for the lights to come back on, after a strong, swift storm swept through the area in the early-morning hours  Monday.Between 1:...

Photo from https://black-walnuts.com/
The annual black walnut harvest has begun, according to a news release from Stockton-based Hammons Product Co. announcing the opening of its hulling stations on Oct. 1. The company said hullers will be paying a higher opening price this year than in 2018: $16 per 100 pounds after hulling ($15...

Hayden Johns, 10, killed this 9-point buck on Sept. 22 with a crossbow from 15 yards. The buck scored just shy of 130 inches, and was taken exactly one year from Hayden's 139 3/4-inch crossbow kill in 2018. Hayden is the son of Theodosia residents Josh and Melanie Johns.
Dedicated Ozark County bow hunters have taken to the woods the last of couple weeks to fight sweltering temperatures, mosquitoes and humidity in hopes of harvesting a deer. Forecasted cooler temperatures throughout the end of the week and the weekend should provide better hunting conditions.  At...

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