Some Fishing and Hunting Challenges

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fishing , hunting , outdoors , State Parks and State Historic Sites
Let the Adventure Begin
Author: H&L Partners
We don’t mean to boast, but in Missouri, “the great outdoors” would more properly be called “the greatest outdoors.” The Show-Me State offers activities for every type of enthusiast, from hikers to climbers to distance cyclists. Those who enjoy a beautiful day of fishing or hunting are definitely in luck.

Check out our VisitMO Trip Idea “Outdoor Fun in Branson,” where you’ll find that Branson is more than just the “live music show capital of the world” – it’s also a recreational paradise. Anglers make it a point to visit Lake Taneycomo, widely regarded as one of the greatest trout-fishing lake destinations in the United States. Stocked annually with 750,000 brown and rainbow trout, Lake Taneycomo provides the perfect destination for serene (and successful) fishing. Get started early in the morning when the fish are at their most active.

Where Lake Taneycomo ends, Bull Shoals Lake begins – the fishing opportunities are outstanding there, too. Take your rod and reel, and you just might end the day with a great catch of white bass, largemouth bass, catfish and walleye.

Looking for a home base in the Branson area for your fishing expedition? The campsites at Table Rock State Park offer plenty of space, along with terrific views. To see the beauty for yourself, check out “Sunset Over Table Rock Lake,” one of our “PictureMO” winners. In addition to being a great spot for breathtaking vistas, Table Rock features boating, fishing, scuba diving, plus biking and hiking trails.

Pomme de Terre State Park, situated four miles north of Pittsburg, provides a true slice of paradise for anyone seeking a tranquil fishing trip. Soak in the sunshine as you cast your line for muskie, Missouri’s elusive big game fish. Don’t forget to take your camera in case you land one of these “trophy” fish. Make a weekend of it by setting up your tent at one of Pomme de Terre’s campsites.

For many families, hunting is an annual tradition; a cherished expedition that parents and children enjoy together. (Please note: all hunters, regardless of age, must possess a valid Missouri hunting license.) The 2013 deer season opened September 15 for archery; firearms season opens November 16.

With Thanksgiving not far away, this is the perfect time for a turkey hunt. Turkey season opened September 15 for archery and October 1 for firearms. Many parks and conservation areas throughout Missouri feature robust turkey populations, including Bois D’Arc Conservation Area, 19 miles west of Springfield. Enjoy the peaceful landscape and clear sight-lines of this Conservation Area, which is home to the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center – the perfect stop for hunters who want to brush up on their marksmanship.

About 20 minutes southwest of St. Charles, the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area and Nature Center offers excellent turkey-hunting opportunities. This nearly 7,000-acre area provides a stunning backdrop for a day of hunting and exploration. In addition to stellar hunting, Busch Conservation Area delights guests with a range of activities including hiking, fishing, archery, boating and picnicking.


 Lake Taneycomo - Branson
Lake Taneycomo is one of the great trout-fishing destinations in the country. The lake originally was ...

 The Bull Shoals Lake
This 45,000-acres lake, with its more than 740 miles of shoreline and clear waters, is a great spot ...

 Table Rock State Park
Visitors to Branson can make their headquarters at this park, located along Table Rock Lake. The park ...

 Pomme de Terre State Park
Located along the 7,800-acre Pomme de Terre Lake, this park offers lots of solitude and sunshine. The ...

 Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Facilities include: a 100-yard baffled rifle/pistol range with 20 covered booths; target sockets arranged ...

 August A. Busch Conservation Area and Nature Center
Nearly 7,000 acres of outdoor recreation; more than 30 lakes; several hiking trails, including a three-mile ...