I had a farm up there a few years ago and any of the major creek bottoms that branch off the two upper areas of the lake are good. You can take a canoe up the creeks to get to isolated areas around the lake. The Dept. of Conservation plant food plots around both the Alanta CA and Long Branch CA. Here is a good link to for maps. http://mdcgis.mdc.mo.gov/website/statewidedoqqtruecolor/viewer.asp
I have friend in Sullivan Co. and they say Union Ridge is better and doesn't have the hunting pressure. The Alanta CA and Long Branch CA area is just close enough to KC and St. Louis they get alot of hunters during firearms season.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...