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Postby amsrc11 » Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:34 pm

hey all i am going to be traviling to branson for thanksgiving. i am a duck hunter from ohio. i was wondering if branson is a good spot to duck hunt. i have always wanted to hunt in missouri. we are staying near table rock lake. any special rules or regs i need to know. any info you could tell me would be great!
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Postby gsphunter » Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:14 pm


Here's a start for you as far as places to go.

Just need your non-resident hunting license, migratory bird permit from Missouri, and your federal stamp.

Hope this is a decent start for you. Let us know if you need anything else.
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Postby Webfoot12 » Tue Nov 01, 2005 12:30 pm

I'm having a little bit of trouble finding info on Lake Taneycomo as far as hunting goes. I know there is a large population of resident canadian geese there. You can find out if they will be is season from that same link gsphunter gave you. Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals are both regulated by the Army Corp of Engineers. Table Rock Dam is owned by Empire Electric, I think. So Lake Taneycomo does not fall under the same rules at a corp lake. They way those two lakes are set up is by flood control. There is so much shoreline that the corp "ownes". And hunting is allowed in most of that area except private land, state and local parks around the lake as well. A boat would obviously be your best bet at getting into some huntable positions. I would not hunt Table Rock Lake due to the large human population around that part of the lake. I would head to Bull Shoals. It is a lot less populated lake.

If you're into fishing, Lake Taneycomo is one of the best trout fishing tailwaters anywhere. The upper part of the lake, just below the dam sports ideal trophy trout fishing for browns and rainbows. The damn is used for electricity and depending on how many generators they are running, you can easily wade to some very good fishing spots. There is a number you can call to find this out. The trout respond very well to any change in water output. But if you hear the siren take action and start moving to higher ground as water will soon be rising.

Novemeber is a great time to catch a huge brown as the spawing will just be finishing up. Actually a new brown trout state record was just caught last month.

Try these links
Army Corp of Engineers
http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/parks/bul ... unting.htm
http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/parks/bul ... Shoals.pdf

You can use the above site to find out info on Table Rock Lake as well.

Trout Fishing, Lake Taneycomo
Walt at Missouri Trout Hunter is very helpful, email him if you have any questions.


The above site is very good. Fishing reports, rules and regulations, etc.

I hope this helps.
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Postby gsphunter » Tue Nov 01, 2005 2:31 pm

Webfoot, you aint kiddin about the water comin up fast when they start running more generators.

I was fishing on the White River in AR a while back, and they cranked up the generators. One second I was standing in knee deep water and the next it was up to my waist. It's really hard to walk in water that is running that hard too. :yes:
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