Hunting and Fishing

Hunting in Ozark County

Fish? We’ve got ’em!

With healthy populations of white tail deer and turkey, Ozark County is a hunter's paradise. Both archery and firearm methods are popular with county residents and those visiting during hunting seasons. The Mark Twain National Forest features over 38,000 acres and Caney Mountain Conservation Area includes another 6,500 acres of land managed to support the local wildlife and game populations in the area.

Deer season kicks off with an archery portion that runs from mid-September 15 through early November. The main firearms season opens from mid- to late-November, and archery season picks back up late-November through mid-January. Youth hunters ages 6-15 can participate in two youth-specific deer seasons, usually held in late October and again in late November. An "alternative weapons" season in late December through January provides hunters with the opportunity to use muzzleloaders, pistols, crossbows and even an atlatl, a primitive spear-throwing weapon.


Turkey season includes two archery sessions running from mid-September through early November and late November through mid-January. A fall firearms turkey season is be held throughout October, and spring firearm turkey season is generally held in April. A youth-specific turkey season is also held in April.

Although deer and turkey have the most participation, hunters have ample opportunity to hunt other species including rabbit, squirrel, quail, dove, waterfowl, frogs and coyote.

For more information on hunting seasons, regulations or to obtain a hunting permit, visit


Everything you need for a successful adventure in fishing is here in Ozark County. Marinas and resorts can provide boats, motors, fuel, bait, tackle and advice, and a vital community of other businesses can provide provisions and supplies. And, of course, the essential ingredient – the fish – is also here, along with a wide assortment of other recreational activities for the fisherman’s family.


Whether your idea of the perfect fishing trip runs to wrestling a huge striper into the boat or standing hip-deep in an icy stream thick with trout, Ozark County has the answer to your fishing dream.


Bull Shoals Lake, the largest impoundment in the chain of lakes along the White River, offers nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline and is world famous as a black bass lake.  It’s no accident that three national records have been set in Ozark County with fish pulled from the water of Bull Shoals.


But don’t forget Norfork Lake, another chain of White River lakes. Norfork is noted for all of the above, plus brown trout. The North Fork River, which flows into Norfork, is famous for its trophy trout waters, where the sport goes on year-round with great success.


Of course, to fish the lakes and streams of Ozark County, you need a valid Missouri fishing license. Licenses, along with the rules of the Fish and Game Commission, are available at dozens of businesses in Ozark County, including resorts, marinas, package stores, service stations and other firms. To angle for rainbow trout without a license and with almost a guarantee of success, two fine trout fishing resorts – Rockbridge Trout Ranch and Spring Valley Trout Ranch – will be happy to help you catch a stringer of beautiful trout.


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