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The Pine Needle is for people interested in the conservation, management, restoration and enjoyment of the fish, forests and wildlife of the Missouri Ozarks counties of Shannon, Carter and Ripley.

Fly Tying

First Flies

There's something very special about the first fly you ever tie. It won't be your best, and it might not be your worst, but chances are it will be your favorite.

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A group of hikers poses for a photo at Klepzig Mill.

The Best Kept Ozark Secret is Out

Find out what you've been missing out on just outside the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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Coyote in Winter

Winter in the Woods

Neither rain nor snow nor winter's gloom keeps wildlife from moving in the Ozarks. Find out just a few ways to enjoy Missouri's wildlife despite winter's chill.

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Christmas Tree

Real Christmas Trees make Real Habitat

Find out the numerous ways your real Christmas tree can help Missouri wildlife once you're through with it.

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A successful hunting trip

First Frosts and Fall Hunts

The many hunting seasons of fall can make a hunter feel scattered in the best way.

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Keeping Missouri's Bears Wild

Bear sightings are becoming more and more common across the state. Find out how you can keep yourself, and the bears, safe from harm.

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fishing for goggle-eye and smallmouth bass

Memorial Day Fun in the Woods and Water

Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of bass season in Ozark streams, and squirrel season statewide.

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Twin Pines Heritage Day Activity

Heritage Day Event Makes Memories

On Saturday, April 11, Twin Pines will be bustling with turn-of-the-century presenters of traditional Ozarks crafts and traditions, all with deep ties to the area's fish, forest, and wildlife.

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A naturalist helps a young archer line up her shot.

Shooting Towards Spring

Archery is sometimes thought of as a fall sport, in conjunction with archery season for deer, but recreational archery makes for a great activity to get you out of doors and enjoying the beautiful spring weather.

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Steve and Paul patiently wait while fishing from the bank at the Twin Pines CEC.

Discover Nature Fishing at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center to hold Discover Nature Fishing Clinics

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