The Ozark Mountains
The Ozark Mountains cover much of the southern half of Missouri and the northern half of central and western Arkansas. They extend a short distance into northeastern Oklahoma. They lay between the Missouri River Valley in central Missouri and the Arkansas River Valley in central Arkansas. South of the Arkansas River Valley and west of interstate highway 30, lay the Ouachita Mountains. They are very similar to the Ozark Mountains. The Ozarks have an abundance of game and fish for those who like to hunt and fish. We have elk, white tail deer, wild turkeys, quail, rabbits, squirrel, and coon. We have a wide diversity of fresh water fish. We have great trout fishing in the cool rivers below our many Corps of Engineers reservoirs and dams. The reservoirs and warmer rivers yield an abundance of bass, walleye, crappie, bluegills, and catfish.
We live twelve miles south of Bull Shoals Lake, a US Corps of Engineers Reservoir. It is a great place to fish, swim, water sky, or camp. The White River, down stream from the Bull Shoals dam, has the best trout fishing found anywhere.
We live twelve miles north of the Buffalo River National Park, a great place to hike, trail ride, fish, or canoe.
Clearing Land with Goats, a Chainsaw, and Termites
Wooded land is very inexpensive to buy in the Ozarks. Clearing it and establishing good quality pastures for goats and cattle will not only produce income for the family, but will produce increasing equity in the property. See our article on clearing land with goats.