Bob Ballenger, 87, retired assistant principal of Rolla High School, now living near Stockton, MO, caught this 28-inch walleye at Stockton Lake by slow-trolling a live nightcrawler on a 3/8-ounce Roadrunner head. He was fishing with his wife, Ruth, who netted the fish and took this photo. The fish weighed just over 8 lbs.
Dalton Tucker of Pevely, MO, reports catching this 9 lb., 3 oz., 26 5/8” largemouth bass on a watermelon trick worm wacky style, out of a subdivision lake in Hillsboro, MO.
Alex Dickinson bagged this beauty on opening day at his father’s farm in
Swiss, MO. Now he just needs to find a mouthwatering recipe.
Madison Stein, 10 of Mascoutah, IL, shot her first turkey on April 14 with the 20-gauge Browning she received for Christmas.
Youth hunter Chandler Sisco, with father Aaron from Alton, in Oregon County, MO, harvested this 24-pounder with Gary Lee in the Ozark Radio Network’s 2016 youth spring turkey season.
Hanna Stafford got her first turkey the morning of April 8 while hunting with her dad, Jason Stafford, in Callaway County, MO. The prize bird weighed in at 24 lbs., with a 10-inch beard and 1-inch hooks.
On the last day of the hunt, Tim Mahoney and his guide spotted a herd of aoudads on the side of a mountain near El Paso, TX. In wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph, they hiked to higher ground to gain the advantage. Tim made his shot at 5,200 feet, successfully taking a 28” ram.
Young Houston Smithson harvested his first spring gobbler and what a bird – 27 lbs., 12” beard and 1 5/8” spurs, a true Missouri Ozarks stud. He was with his dad, Jamie Simpson, at right, and Gary Lee of Ozark Radio Network at its 21st spring turkey youth hunt.
Jamey Smithson of Springdale, AR, got his first spring gobbler.
Jared DeArmond harvested this nice turkey, at 22 lbs. 4 ounces with six beards, on the family farm on opening day of youth turkey season. Jared was with his father, David, of Bricklayers Local 1, who combined the 40 inches of beard lengths, plus spurs and weight to make it tied for 47th place all-time among non-typical birds in Missouri.