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Crappie are still doing well on chrome head jigs, minnows and a variety of small plastic baits. Look for crappie around brush piles or standing timber. When you find one continue to fish as they are schooled up right now. Crappie fishing remains steady even after a cold week.  If you find a log...
The Ozark Mountain Bass Club recently held its 2017 end-of-year banquet and awards ceremony at Cookie’s Restaurant in Theodosia. The top 10 Angler of the Year winners received plaques and will also be receiving jackets courtesy of Wing n Fin Resort and United Country-Willow Springs Realty. The club...

photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation show that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 7,728 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 1-3. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 250, Macon with 212 and Pike with 205 deer checked. In...
Crappie fishing on both lakes is as good as ever. S&M chrome-head jigs, live minnows and swimming minnows are all working. It has been a long time since so many limits have come off both lakes. Saturday I watched a man catch big crappie on a jerkbait around standing timber. Some exceptionally...
Warmer than usual weather has made bass fishing fun as many baits that normally don’t work well this time of year are doing fine. Spinnerbaits, top water, spoons, Bama rigs and jigs are all working and working well. Try fishing docks by pitching a jig or crawfish-type bait as several anglers have...

Ethan Donley shot this 10-point buck while hunting with his Grandpa Paul Tucker on his Grandpa Dan Donley’s farm in Thornfield.
Young hunters ages 6 to 15 took 50 additional deer (25 bucks, 2 button bucks and 23 does) over the three-day youth-specific late deer season. That makd a total of  218 deer killed during youth seasons this year when paired with the 168 deer killed during the early youth season Oct. 28-29. ...

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...

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