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MDC: Trout harvest to begin in Jackson, Farmington, Perryville on Feb. 1

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 26, 2021

All anglers between the ages of 16 and 64 must have a valid Missouri fishing permit and any angler harvesting trout must also possess a trout permit.

Rainbow trout

Apply online during February for MDC spring managed turkey hunts

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 25, 2021
Apply during February through the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/springturkeyhunts.
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Busch Shooting Range staff holds virtual Introduction to Shotgun program Feb. 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 25, 2021
This free program covers all the important things beginners need to get a safe start with shotguns.
man teaches young man shotgun shooting

MDC virtual program to focus on winter bird feeding

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 25, 2021
Jan. 30 event will discuss details of winter bird feeding.
red-bellied woodpecker

MDC offers free virtual class Feb. 6 on the mysteries of owls

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 25, 2021

Owls big and small prowl the night

Barred owl owlets in tree

Catch-and-keep trout fishing begins Feb. 1 at Sedalia park

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 25, 2021
MDC's winter trout program connects people with nature
trout in hand

Anglers can catch and keep trout Feb. 1 at two St. Joseph lakes stocked by MDC

News from the region

Northwest
Jan 25, 2021

Head outdoors for fresh air and winter fishing

Angler holds rainbow trout

Learn how trout are raised in hatcheries at MDC virtual programs

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 25, 2021

Online events on Jan. 30 and Feb. 4 will show how trout are raised at Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery.

Trout eggs

MDC, Dickerson Park Zoo to host first-ever virtual Eagle Days

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 22, 2021
Free events on Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 will focus on our national bird, the bald eagle.
perched eagle on branch

Successful recovery efforts prompt MDC to remove peregrine falcons from state endangered species list

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 22, 2021
Peregrine falcons were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999.
peregrine_falcon_closeup

MDC proposes allowing bicycle use on conservation area service roads

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 22, 2021
Proposal would allow expanded bicycle use on many areas while restricting access that could be unsafe or cause damage.
MDC color logo

MDC proposes regulation changes for more uses of grass carp and common carp, including as live bait

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 22, 2021
New regulations follow public requests to catch and use common and grass carp as live bait.
common carp

MDC offers free Native Landscape Chat on Feb. 5 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 21, 2021

Monthly chats help gardeners with native plant questions

Prairie coneflowers

MDC offers ice globes class Jan. 30 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 21, 2021

Learn how to craft winter luminaries with ice and natural materials

Ice candle holders

MDC reports final deer harvest for season more than 296,500

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 20, 2021
Archery deer harvest was 67,180. Archery turkey harvest was 2,905.
buck in grass

Learn benefits of native warm-season grasses for grazing with MDC Feb. 18

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 20, 2021
Register now for this informative online offering from MDC, MFA, and NRCS.
cattle in field

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range holds beginning pheasant clinics and hunt in February

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 19, 2021

Both youth and adult first-timers looking to get a supportive start in the sport of upland bird hunting have an ideal opportunity.

A youth hunter and mentor bird hunting

MDC reminds shooters steel core and bi-metal jacket ammunition are not permitted at St. Louis region staffed shooting ranges

Jan 19, 2021

Ammunition with projectiles containing any steel is prohibited on the rifle/pistol ranges due to safety considerations and potential damage to range structures.

Target practice at outdoor shooting range

MDC offers hunter education opportunities in near future

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 19, 2021

Individuals needing hunter education have classroom and online options.

Hunter education firearms training

Powder Valley Nature Center’s Evening with Raptors goes virtual Jan. 29

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 15, 2021

This anticipated annual event will still carry on this year in an online format.

A raptor wearing a blinder

MDC offers free virtual field to freezer sausage making class Jan. 19

Jan 15, 2021
Learn how to turn wild game such as venison into sausage
sausage

2021 Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival cancelled; public can view bald eagles at Columbia Bottom Jan. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 14, 2021

The popular event has been called off for 2021 due to Covid-19, but Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is offering an alternative eagle viewing experience.

A bald eagle prepares to catch a fish in a lake.

Learn how to help wildlife survive winter with MDC and Pheasants/Quail Forever Jan. 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 14, 2021

This free program will teach home and landowners how they can help animals make it to spring.

A white tailed deer in winter

MDC partners with Deep Roots KC for free Native Plants at Noon programs in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 13, 2021

Sessions will help gardeners use plants that meet their landscaping goals

Cydney Ross and Alix Daniel

MDC invites public to learn maple sugaring at Rockwoods Reservation in January and February

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 12, 2021

A series of programs geared for both families and homeschoolers will reveal the secrets of creating maple sugar and syrup.

Maple jar

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Bill Graham
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Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
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(Ozark), (Southeast)
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Joe Jerek
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Jill Pritchard
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Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
417-895-6880
Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554