Sunday, November 27, 2011
Remember our Winter Rates go into effect in 4 days and continue through December & January.
Can't decide what to get your favorite fisherman for Christmas? How about a gift certificate for a Guided Fishing Trip or a Romantic Getaway in 2012?
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The hunting on the Corp of Engineers property surrounding the Bull Shoals & Norfork Lakes and tributaries, combined with the Mark Twain Forest and Devils Backbone Wildlife Area is outstanding. The Missouri Department of Conservation, Arkansas Fish and Wildlife, and Corp of Engineers have numerous game plots with crops planted to attract game scattered throughout the areas mentioned. Some are accessible via motor vehicles, on foot, and by boat. I also have 48 pieces of private property that is available to my clients. They can be hunted with or without guides furnished by SCE.
Maps detailing the locations are available with no charge at the outlets for the fore mentioned agencies. The trick is to know which ones are active during the trip you are planning. My guides and I keep an active journal on the proper feed plots.
Right now Turkey are active and easily hunted. Archery deer season is also in full swing. The areas are teaming with these trophy's.
Another sought after game is one that must be controlled or the other species will be reduced drastically. This animal has migrated from the south and is doing great damage. I am speaking of the feral pigs. There is no limit on the number of animals that you can harvest. They are good table fare and we have local butchers who will dress these animals out for you. Excess kills will be cleaned by us and donated to designated needy organizations and/or individuals.
Waterfowl season dates are from November 24th through January 31st. This a prime area to hunt. The secret is to have the right places. I will gladly take you on a guided hunt at any number of places. You will not be disappointed.
I will be more than happy to arrange any accommodations that you and/or a group would need.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Here is an actual e-mail from a recent fisherman about an elusive big brown:
I forgot to mention, last Friday my 84 yr old dad hooked a 30 inch brown trout (had to have gone 18-20 lbs) 10 yards off your bank, down by your dirt boat ramp, maybe 20 yards upstream of the rock breakwater. We kept the brown in calm water, not wanting him to get out into the faster moving water....I was afraid of getting the line cut by the boat motor prop....The fish would take line, then my dad would retrieve most of it, a real back and forth battle....My dad fought it for 15 minutes before the hook came loose from the brown's mouth. Didn't break the 6 lb test or lose the black 1/8 oz jig (PJ's Jigs - the only bait we use - she lives in Fayetteville). It was the most exciting 15 mintes of our lives....would have bested my 9 lb 26 in long brown I caught just below the dam in 1994.
Something to tell your customers....he's still out there....the brown, not my dad...but we'll be back in May....
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I just got word that the 2011 Elk Rut has officially begun. The news coincided with a much longed-for change in the weather from "hellish hot" to "almost chilly".
It brings to mind one of those magical fall days from 2 years ago when we loaded everybody in the car and drove away from the resort on a quest to FIND THE ELK.
We'd heard about it; but needed to see for ourselves.
Armed with that day's information on where the elk were located and where we could easily view them and photograph them (courtesy of Michael Dougherty's ArkansasWildlifePhotography.com website) we vowed this would NOT be a wild goose chase.
After lunching on the Square in Jasper at the Ozark Cafe we continued on some of the most scenic routes paralleling the Buffalo River toward our intended destination. If you have never seen these magnificent creatures with your own eyes you simply must make plans to do so- add it to your "bucket list" for sure. This is an easy day trip from the resort and the color change rivals anything out east.
Friday, August 19, 2011
BIG CREEK (on Golf Digest's Places to Play) is offering a fall promotion for visitors to the area: A round of golf with free range balls and free lunch from their Cart Menu. All for just $55 plus tax. Bought separately, that's about an $80 value. This offer is good Tuesdays - Saturdays from now until November 11. The required coupon can be printed from Big Creek's website or the Arkansas tourism website. Links to both sites and a link to their menu page showing the cart menu are all below.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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So, we talk a lot about Trout here at White Buffalo. How easy they are to catch on the White River, how big they are, how to cook them in the summertime without using an oven....
You CAN come to WBR and fish for nothing but trout all day long, week in and week out, any time of the year and we (quite honestly) hope you do. But it's not really the Trout Fishing that makes our location so unique in the heart of the Ozarks.
Two of the best Smallmouth Bass Streams in AMERICA are located in the Arkansas Ozarks- Crooked Creek and The Buffalo National River. Just go ahead and guess- Which resort on the White River could possibly be sandwiched between two such prime locations?
(No fair looking at the map...)
Whether you've fished Trout with us for years and want to try something different, or like the idea of fishing multiple locations during your stay, here's a little information on both streams and what they have to offer.
The upper portion runs along the 62/412 highway, which makes it highly accessible to our guests. Our Sisters on the Fly group has been known to do some phenomenal fly fishing on Crooked Creek between Pyatt & Kelly's Slab.
The Buffalo is considered the model smallmouth stream. According to Arkansas.com: "...the Buffalo has fast, clear, oxygen rich water with the kind of gravel bottom and boulder beds smallmouth bass love." You can do great fishing from a canoe, or a jonboat, as you prefer. Anglers recommend casting into swift moving water, and the locals confirm. Several of our longtime guests have been known to anchor their boats right at the confluence of the White & Buffalo Rivers and proceed to scoop up all kinds fat smallmouth in the process of feeding.
For more information about either of these waterways, or smallmouth fishing elsewhere in Arkansas, visit
the Natural State's Official Tourism Website.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Here's a link to a great article that details ten "can't miss" adventures in the Natural State.
They run the gamut from quirky to awe-inspiring, (a little bit like the state of Arkansas itself!) Haven't tried out a lot of these personally, (I have a resort to run...) BUT its good to have a list of "the best" for the few days we get to take off from resort life.
Check it out!
Friday, July 15, 2011
The 2011 Buckethead Bash has been going on all week, drawing "T-Bucket" enthusiasts from all over the country to the beauty of the Ozarks. Events include group cookouts, a car show, and plenty of cruisin'.
A "T-Bucket" is a specific style of Hot Rod, based on the look of a Ford Model T. The majority of T-Buckets on the road are generally replicas, since usable & authentic Model T parts are extremely hard to come by. T-Buckets typically feature a light, 2 seater body, an exposed Model T style radiator, and an oversized V-8 engine. Some owners choose to add oversized back wheels as a nod to the Model T's drag racing past.
Whenever the T-Buckets are in town, they take a sunset drive down the White River, which is where we caught them on Wednesday night.
For more information, check out the Buckethead Bash website.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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Monday, June 27, 2011
Looking back on my childhood, I realized that my family almost NEVER took a trip alone.
There was Swimming in the pool with my cousins in Palm Desert, Camping with a huge group of friends in Yosemite Valley, and Skiing with my mom's side of the family in Lake Tahoe.
Whether the travel industry is finally picking up on something families have been doing for a long time, or whether the trend is actually on the rise with the precarious economy, Multi-family traveling might just be the answer for your next vacation.
We've seen it all at White Buffalo Resort, so Here's our take on the perfect multi-family vacation:
1) The Lone Flag-Bearer:
Now, you might be thinking "More people? Great! We can split all the responsibility!" Sorry to burst your bubble. When it comes to planning a multi-family vacation, it always seems to boil down to one staunch soul calling to arrange dates, lodging, arrivals and departures.
Find the most organized, datebook-loving person in your group and appoint them. Make sure they have good phone skills- I've never seen a group planning endeavor that didn't require multiple rounds of phone calls between parties.
2) Splitting the Bill:
Don't hand over that credit card for just anybody.
Most places are going to require a non-refundable deposit to reserve lodging. In the heat of the moment, it may seem easiest to put out the money yourself and collect every one's "shares" later.
We would recommend proceeding with caution, unless you really know and trust the people you're traveling with. Will you have to sic a collection agency on Great Aunt Angie?
3) First one in gets the best bedroom.
4) Dividing Cooking:
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Too busy to blog lately- a good thing, let me assure you. Just wanted to share this e-mail from a lady who visited us this weekend.
"Just wanted to let you know that we had the most amazing stay at the resort. So relaxing, peaceful and beautiful. I am recommending this place to everyone I know. We stayed at the #5 cabin “trophy”. Best vacation yet. We will be back I can promise you this.
The canoe trip was so much fun and the water was just right. Clear and refreshing.Thank you for some great memories with some amazing friends!!!!!!!"
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Our longtime guests Bob & Vicki Leggit from St. Louis, MO have been camping at White Buffalo and fishing the White River for the past eight days.
Hear what they have to say about the River and fishing prospects at the moment.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Just a quick plug- this is IDEAL water for fly fishing, we have two guests getting ready to go try their flies out now.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Ticket proceeds will go to restoring and preserving Johnny Cash's childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas. There are plans to restore a local New Deal era building as a museum and reconstruct a former theater to play an orientation film and documentaries about Cash's life.
For tickets, official line-up and more, visit the website link here.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Once again, its that time of year when the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission puts aside its boats and binoculars in order to let the people FISH!
The Free Fishing Weekend starts at noon this Friday, June 10th and goes 'til 12:00 am on Sunday the 12th, (just in case any of you license-less, night owl, diehard fishing insomniacs want to hit the river at midnight...)
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
1) Flowers, butterflies and unusual moth species?
We got excited by deceptive signs of Spring early in the month and thought that maybe all our unfortunate weather was behind us. No such luck.
A Cecropia Moth-or so our handy Field Guide and Google Images tell us.
2) Flooding Scares.
May in the Ozarks brought some of the most "unprecedented" weather in recent history. Torrential Rain, Tornado warnings, and frighteningly high water had us hearkening back to March 18th, 2008, when our office ended up 5 feet under water. Altogether, we can say we were blessed. Several other homes and businesses on the White River were not as fortunate. We ask our customers to keep victims of tornadoes in Missouri, and Oklahoma in prayer.
The "Great Southern Brood" has hatched throughout Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Mississippi. And they are making themselves quite comfortable here at WBR. Cicadas are harmless, (and edible actually!) despite their beady-eyed appearance. We are torn between being fascinated and annoyed at all the noise they make. This is the World's Largest Brood of Cicadas- hatching after being buried underground for 13 years. This species won't emerge again until 2024.
For more on "The Brood": click here
4) Red Horse Sucker Fish
As always, high water is bad for fishermen, good for the fish. We always start seeing unusual species when the water goes up. This lady angler caught these Red Horse Sucker Fish specimen fishing off the banks. We couldn't even identify them off hand, and had to find them online.
5) A Successful Memorial Day
Despite some cancellations by disgruntled fishermen, it was a hot, fun, and busy Memorial Day weekend. The pool was crawling with kids, and our campground was packed full of families cooking out, playing games, relaxing by the river and generally enjoying each others' company.
Sounds like success to me.