MASTERS IN FISHING – In the photo at left, Amanda Masters and Logan Holder of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took third place in the Lake of the Ozarks Fall Division of the USA Bassin’ Tournament. At right, Amanda shows a 6-pounder she caught at Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area in Callaway County.
STEVE’S TROPHY – It took 23 years for Steve Pokorny to draw a muzzleloader tag in Unit 61 of southwestern Colorado. Then he took his bull on the seventh evening of a nine-day hunt, hunting with the Weimer hunting camp.
BIG BUCK – Frank Sgroi of St. Charles, MO, took this deer on opening day of the Missouri hunting season in 2016 on the Casey Family Farm by Richwoods, MO, in Washington County. Its B&C score was 152 3/8 and it registered in the Missouri Big Bucks Club. It came to Frank’s horn rattling and grunting and was looking for a fight.
JACKSON COUNTY – Few areas are as good for deer hunting as Jackson County in southern Illinois, as Logan Shields, 17, of Waterloo, IL, found out on Nov. 18, when he took this 9-point, 153-lb. specimen.
LIFE IS GOOD – Bob Ziehmer, conservation chief for Bass Pro Shops, reports an awesome adventure in the mountains of northeast New Mexico. This majestic elk came off the mountain and filled the brisk mornings with the sound of elk bugling to go along with the scent of spruce and aspen in the air.
BOONER SCOUT – Joey Rich of Marion, KY, bagged this 240-lb. “booner,” about 6 years old, with his bow on Oct. 25, producing a green score of 1766⁄8. It was the largest he has taken. The coal miner is a former U.S. Marine who served in combat in Iraq. He reconnoitered the hunting area and has many images of the deer, which carried a 10-point mainframe rack with two additional kicker points on the left base. The spread was nearly 22 inches at the tips of each main beam.
HUNTER’S BIRDS – Hunter Whiteley (at far right) and his Kansas State University roommates show the limit of ducks they took.
OZARKS KEEPER – Karen McMillin took this keeper on the Lake of the Ozarks on Oct. 20 on a fishing trip with guide Ed Franko, departing from Bass & Baskets B&B at Lake Ozark.
HUNTING YOUNG – Raven Austin Roach, 11, took this yearling doe in Phelps County, Missouri.
NIANGUA FLOAT – Dave Miller and his friend, Will (at left), floated the Niangua River with guide Dennis Whiteside. Dave won the donated float trip as a sponsor with the Kansas Outdoor Writers Association and used the popular One Eyed Willy’s Campground and Canoe Rental near Bennett Spring, MO.