Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, a unique hunting experience awaits you.

db-signDevil’s Backbone Outfitters takes its name from a long narrow mountain ridge and wilderness preserve known to the early settlers as Devils Backbone. 

This area is a breathtakingly beautiful and unique blend of Missouri Ozark flora and fauna, characterized by rugged topography, springs and the North Fork River.  A long, narrow ridge supports the center of the Wilderness, with 1,020 feet as its highest “vertebra.”

Not only will you be hunting in the heart of this deer and turkey Mecca, you will be guided by Joe Hollingshad or one of  his staff, all of whom have an intimate knowledge of the terrain and of the game you will be hunting. They know this area as only someone with several generations of hunting experience can.  They are familiar with every hollow, every rock and every trail.

Devil’s Backbone Wilderness Outfitters is now offering 1500 acres of privately owned land.  Mineral supplements, along with forages such as wheat, oats, and clovers are maintained throughout the properties for the enhancement of record book bucks.



Check out these magazine articles on Devil’s Backbone and Joe’s guide service at your local library:

Sorry we can’t link directly to these articles.  If you have a copy of any these articles we would love to make copies of them to share with our visitors. 

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    Fishing & Hunting Journal, Vol. 3, Number 2, March/April 1988, p. 38

  • Field & Stream, Vol. 95, Number 10, February, 1991, p. 48
  • Field & Stream, Vol. 100, Number 10, February, 1996 p. 46
  • Mid America Outdoors .com, Winter/Spring 2006, p.15

Joe & his guide service was also featured in the Field & Stream Legends 100th anniversary TV show which aired 12/30/95. In this show, Joe took Field & Stream writer, Tony Atwell, on a guided turkey hunt in the Ozark Mountains.  Joe was the only turkey guide chosen to be included in this series.