Wes Johnson, News-Leader

Wes Johnson


Springfield, MO, United States

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Past articles by Wes:

A few last words at the end of a 40-year journalism career

Thank you readers, and I hope you'll continue to support your local newspaper. - Outdoors reporter Wes Johnson → Read More

Snow showers possible midweek, according to NWS

The low will drop to 29 degrees Wednesday night, plenty cold enough to turn any rain showers into snow showers. → Read More

Hike off that Thanksgiving meal at Branson hatchery

The guided hike along Lake Taneycomo is limited to the first 10 people who sign up. → Read More

Park authorities offer $5,000 reward to solve multiple deer poaching case near Big Spring

All three were determined to have been shot from roadways with high powered rifles at some time on November 22 or 23. → Read More

Missouri boy, 9, scores monster buck of a lifetime

The 9-year-old hunter from Brookfield, Missouri, shot an absolutely massive whitetail buck on his dad's soybean field during the early youth portion of deer season. → Read More

Three hunters accidentally shot during firearms deer season opener

“One of the big things people need to remember is, when hunters are transporting their firearms, they should be unloaded and the actions open." - Hunter Education and Shooting Range Coordinator Justin McGuire. → Read More

COVID concern postpones Ozark Mountain State Park meeting

State parks officials are considering a number of improvements aimed at improving hiking and camping opportunities in the new park. → Read More

Missouri boy, 9, scores monster buck of a lifetime

"I got real excited and started shaking." - 9-year-old Cole Huwar → Read More

Sunny and warm: Fall weekend weather looks to be spectacular

Friday's high is forecasted to reach 75 degrees, with sunny skies and gentle wind. → Read More

Young Missouri hunters killed 15,591 deer during youth deer season

"This year’s harvest of about 15,600 deer puts us about in the middle of the range when compared to harvest totals from the past five years.” - Jason Isabelle, MDC cervid program supervisor → Read More

Greene County tops state during fall firearms turkey season

Hunters in Greene County bagged 70 birds, according to MDC. → Read More

CU worker in critical condition at Mercy burn unit

According to CU, the employee was severely burned when he contacted a live 13,200-volt circuit. → Read More

Final score: Missouri elk 1, hunters 0 in inaugural archery season

"Many of the hunters had close calls, but for their own reasons/the specific situation decided not to take the shot." - Aaron Hildreth, MDC elk expert → Read More

Missouri's champion bur oak tree seared by lightning strike

At one point, firefighters cut into the big tree, which appeared to be burning from inside its core. → Read More

Got big outdoor plans next week? NWS eyes possible big cold surge

The National Weather Service says there's a chance of a wintry weather mix at night Monday or Tuesday in Springfield. → Read More

Elk eluding hunters so far during Missouri’s first official elk season

“There’s no guarantees. Sometimes you go out and come back empty," said Aaron Hildreth, an elk specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. → Read More

Fellows Lake cleanup planned ahead of bike trail opening in December

So far, construction crews have completed more than 8,100 feet of mountain biking trail. → Read More

Hunt bears next fall? MDC wants public input beginning today

Should Missouri start hunting black bears next year? Beginning Friday, Oct. 16, the Missouri Department of Conservation wants to hear from the public about a possible bear hunting season no sooner than the fall of 2021. The MDC is accepting comments through Nov. 14 at www.mdc.mo.gov/bears. According to MDC Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee, Missouri’s bear population in recent years has been… → Read More

Frost likely overnight: Time to cover up those valuable plants

If you have sensitive plants outside and want them to survive, it would be wise to either cover them up overnight or bring them indoors, according to the NWS. → Read More

Arkansas man drowns at Table Rock Lake

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Stone County coroner. → Read More