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MDC reminds deer, turkey hunters of baiting guidelines

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 12, 2020

The use of bait while hunting an area -- including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey -- is prohibited.

2020 Fall Deer & Turkey booklet

MDC reminds hunters of hunter orange requirements ahead of firearms deer season

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 10, 2020

Hunting incidents remain rare thanks to hunter orange requirements.

Woman in deer stand with rifle

MDC and Missouri Western dedicate prairie restoration

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 10, 2020

Project provides a native grassland in St. Joseph for enjoyment and education

John Rushin and Mark Mills

MDC welcomes winter trout anglers at two St. Joseph lakes

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 10, 2020

Catch-and-release trout season provides winter angling opportunity

Trout in hand

MDC reminds hunters of baiting guidelines during deer, turkey season

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 10, 2020

The use of bait while hunting an area -- including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey -- is prohibited.

2020 Fall Deer & Turkey booklet

Rainbow trout stocked by MDC for winter fishing in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 10, 2020
Anglers can catch trout in community lakes
trout in net

MDC hopes to see hunters at CWD sample collection sites this weekend

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 10, 2020
Sampling is voluntary in CWD management zone counties, but these counties will have staffed sample collection sites for hunters who want to have their deer tested.
extracting lymph nodes from deer neck

Deer hunters can turn success into supper for families in need with Share the Harvest

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 09, 2020

Missouri hunters can play a more vital role than ever in providing venison for families facing the financial challenges of COVID-19.

Share the Harvest meat

Though CWD sampling is voluntary, MDC still hopes to see hunters at sample collection sites in CWD Zone counties

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 09, 2020
MDC also has sample collection drop-off sites in southwest Missouri.
CWD sampling 2

Go on a scavenger hunt at MDC's Springfield Nature Center in November

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 06, 2020

People can search for items on the nature center trails on self-guided hikes.

Family scavenger hunt

MDC closes boat slide at Humphrey Access in Platte County

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 06, 2020
Slide was damaged by flood waters
MDC color logo

MDC teams up with World Bird Sanctuary to present two live Raptor Basics events this fall

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 05, 2020
Meet birds of prey in person at these free Nov. 15 and Dec. 12 events.
World Bird Sanctuary person with bald eagle

MDC reminds hunters not to bait deer

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 05, 2020

State's baiting regulations based on ethical and biological principles.

Group of white tailed deer

MDC invites first-time youth deer hunters to free mentored hunt at Mark Twain Lake

News from the region

Northeast
Nov 05, 2020

Youth ages 7-15 who have never Telechecked a deer may register to attend this hunt.

Youth deer hunter and mentor

MDC closes Truman Access on the Mississippi until further notice to mitigate flood damage

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 05, 2020

MDC is working with natural flooding cycles to eventually build up and stabilize the access.

Truman Access map

Honor Missouri conservationists with MDC awards

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 04, 2020
Nominations open for Master Conservationist Award and Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame.
Cathy and Tom Aley

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces November programs

News from the region

Central
Nov 03, 2020

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

Two boys take a night hike with lanterns

Powder Valley Nature Center to close Nov. 7-9 for managed deer hunt

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 03, 2020

Managed hunt is being used as a tool to help keep deer numbers at a heathy level.

White tail deer close up

MDC closes kids fishing pond at Lost Valley Fish Hatchery for winter

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 03, 2020
Kids fishing pond currently scheduled to reopen in March
MDC color logo

MDC and city of Belton add Cleveland Lake to winter trout fishing waters

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 02, 2020

Belton partners with MDC's Community Assistance Program for urban fishing lakes

Rainbow trout in hands

Missouri hunters check 2,127 birds during fall firearms turkey season

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 02, 2020
Top harvest counties: Greene with 70 birds harvested, Maries with 58, and Franklin with 55.
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MDC provides drop-off sites in northwest region to aid hunters in voluntary CWD testing

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 02, 2020
Hunters can have deer tested for CWD for free by following procedures
voluntary CWD drop-off testing station

Young hunters harvest 15,591 deer during early youth portion

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 02, 2020

Top counties include Franklin, Howell, and Osage.

Tony Peters poses with a buck he harvested during a mentored hunt in Putnam County.

Mississippi Lime donates over 2,000 pounds of venison through MDC’s Share the Harvest

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 02, 2020

The packaged venison is given to local food banks and food pantries for distribution.

Paul Arnold and Rob Sulkowski

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces temporary trail closures Nov. 6–8

News from the region

Central
Oct 30, 2020
Trails will close for three days to accommodate a managed archery hunt on Runge property.
archery equipment

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Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
(Ozark), (Southeast)
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(Central), (Northeast)
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Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
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573-522-4115
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