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by Daniel James Hendricks

Every year, smack dab in the middle of October, a half a dozen ACF members gather for the Fall Rendezvous in Houston, Missouri, the home of Ozark Mountain Outfitters.  Jim and Darlene Wilson and son Eric play host to our group in some of the most beautiful deer and turkey country that America has to offer.  The hunt allows the taking of a whitetail buck and doe as well as a wild turkey.  The hunt this year was a three day hunt, but in 2010 it will be expanded to five full days of exciting hunting with toasty-warm hospitality, lots of great home-cooked food and plenty of wildlife being seen by all who are sent out to guard Jim’s lush food plots.

This year I was joined by ACF members, Jackie Seale of Alabama, Harold Webster of Mississippi, Bob Jacobs of Minnesota and Randy Archer of North Dakota for four days of what turned out to be wet and colder than normal weather.  Still our dedicated hunters managed to drag six whitetails and one turkey to the meat pole.  Harold Webster and Bob Jacobs each took two whitetails and Jackie and Randy each took one.  The big bucks managed to evade the arrows on this go-round.  Plenty were seen, but they were either out of range or else really lucky.  The last night of the hunt, Bob had a really big buck grazing just fifteen yards from him, but behind some heavy brush.  As the animal slowly began to move into the open, a herd of spooked whitetails sped by, taking Bob’s buck with them.  And that, my friends, is why they call it hunting.

We kept seeing more bucks the closer we got to the end of the hunt.  For that reason, it was decided to extend the hunt by two days next year.  No one was ready to return home and wanted to hunt more.  All were in agreement that five days at OMO would be just the right amount of time for next year’s hunt, so it was expanded to five days.  That will allow the party more time for us to get on the bucks.

Not a single soul was disappointed with the amount of game seen, the homey accommodations or the hearty cuisine served up to us three times a day.  The best thing about hunting at OMO is that Jim, Darlene and Eric are about the nicest people you could ever expect to find anywhere in the Ozark Mountains.  They know and understand the land and animals that reside there making the only requirement for success the ability to listen and carefully follow their counsel.  They want their hunters to be successful and work very hard to make it come to pass.

The secret to the big bucks and healthy herds at OMO is the many fool plots that Jim works so diligently on all summer long.  By the time fall rolls around, the mini-pastures are a thick, lush green and teeming with whitetail deer and wild turkeys.  There is also a healthy population of bobcats, coyotes and other predators that enhance the wildlife viewing experience while on a stand at OMO.  When a deer goes down, Jim and Eric quickly dress it and hang it in their butchering facility.  Every stage of the hunt flows smoothly, finely polished from years of experience gained by providing their hunters with a quality experience from arrival to departure.  Our entire group would like to thank the Wilsons for making the 2010 Fall Rendezvous such a pleasant and welcoming experience.

If you would like to join us on our adventure to Ozark Mountain Outfitters in October of 2010, give the HBM Main Desk a call at 320-634-3660 for questions and details of how to sign up.  It is an experience you will not soon forget.  There are only six available spots so call today to reserve your hunt for 2010.

Photos from the Ozark Mountain Hunt (Click on the images for larger versions)

This handsome buck was taken by Danny Kalk of Minnesota several days before we arrived at OMO. L to R up the stairs: Harold Webster; Jackie Seale; Randy Archer; Bob Jacobs; Author.  In front of stairway Jim Wilson is holding Tracker next to son, Eric Wilson. OMO food plot with one of the wheelchair accessible shooting shacks. Bob Jacobs with his first of two whitetails taken on the hunt.
Jackie Seale with her first animal ever with the crossbow.  Congratulations, Jackie. Harold Webster with OMO napping Goodwill Ambassador, Tracker. Randy Archer with a nice doe taken on the very last night of the hunt.
When everyone at camp was mean to the author, he would find refuge in the warm company of Tracker, the wonder dog. Turkeys are everywhere at OMO, but their sharp intelligence makes them really hard to get close to. OMO Welcome Sign
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