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Missouri’s big cats

Bobcats and mountain lions, the only wild felines native to North America, are both also native to Missouri

Considered one of the state’s “big game species,” Missouri’s largest bobcat population is right here in the Ozarks, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

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Fishing Tip: Holiday shoppers - Don’t forget the fishermen in your family

Skip Surbaugh Benefit Fishing Tournament registration available

With the kick-off to the holiday season officially starting Nov. 27, Black Friday, Osage Beach Bait & Tackle Owner Carol Drysdale reminds shoppers to not forget gifts for the fishermen in their lives.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Donate venison to those in need

You open the freezer door and stare at shelves filled with venison. You feel good that you have been successful in the field, but even though you don’t need any more meat for the year, you’d really like to spend more time deer hunting. There is an answer. It’s called Share the Harvest.

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Firearms deer opening weekend harvest numbers

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 97,171 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season.

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Share your deer with The Lake Today

Camdenton youth bags first deer

If you’re proud of the deer you bagged, The Lake Today staff would love to show it to fellow readers. Email a digital photo, in as high resolution as possible, to

Volunteers sought to assist in dig of Goodwin Sinkhole Pit and Cave Restoration Dec. 5

The Missouri Cave and Karst Conservancy is planning volunteer workdays to continue the Goodwin Sinkhole Pit and Cave dig and restoration project Saturday, Dec. 5.

NRCS funding available to protect wetlands

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has $5.2 million available to help Missouri landowners restore wetlands and $383,500 available for easements to protect agricultural land from conversion to non-agricultural uses.

Lake of the Ozarks Horseshoe Club Winter League Singles announces weekly results

The Lake of the Ozarks Horseshoe Club recently announced its weekly results for the Winter League Singles game play.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Practice is important to making ethical shots

Hundreds of thousands of deer hunters will take to Missouri’s great outdoors in pursuit of white-tailed deer with a firearm in their hands this fall.

Fishing Tip: Fishermen await cold water temp break for prime fishing

Skip Surbaugh Benefit Fishing Tournament planning underway

Osage Beach Bait & Tackle Owner Carol Drysdale said 108 to 120 boaters turned out last weekend for the Anglers in Action Championship at Lake of the Ozarks. As they were catching fish and securing their placements in the tournament, their winning fish were nice sized but not the normal big keepers often seen.

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Hunters checked-in 6,158 turkeys during the fall season

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced last week hunters checked-in 6,158 wild turkeys during this fall’s firearms turkey season, Oct. 1-31.

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Young hunters check-in 14,095 deer

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced, last week, that young hunters ages six through 15 checked-in 14,095 deer during the early youth portion of the 2015 deer hunting season.

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Lake West Chamber announces winners in 31st annual Mo. Buddy Bass State championship

The Lake of the Ozarks West Chamber of Commerce hosted the 31st annual Missouri Buddy Bass State Championship fishing tournament Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Captain Ron’s in Sunrise Beach.

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Whitetail deer: November’s second most important animal

Although there is some form of whitetail deer season in effect from mid-September to mid-January, most outdoorsmen would answer November if asked the month of Missouri’s deer season.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Whitetail rut about to break loose

The whitetail rut is upon us. Bucks are running ridges and field edges in search of receptive does. This is the highlight of deer season for most. It’s the time of year we deer hunters dream about during the other 11 months.