Wind whistles through the leaves above. Coyotes call to one another on a nearby ridge. The sky glows black with a million stars. Low embers burn down, the last of the campfire. You snuggle a bit deeper into your sleeping bag, wood smoke a sweet smell on the air. MORE


Hunting is an integral part of the Ozarks region — and has clearly been so since these mountains were first populated by Native Americans.


Constants of Ozark culture remain. A dedicated commitment to making do. General suspicion of outsiders (this is yet a land where blood ties run thicker than most anything else).