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Kayaking is a great way to enjoy MDC fishing and nature-viewing opportunities in the fall

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 15, 2020

Colorful leaves, clear water, and nature viewing makes autumn a great time to paddle.

Kayaking on a river

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood is now open

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 15, 2020

Building admittance is currently limited to the front desk, but trails and grounds remain fully accessible to the public.

Powder Valley Nature Center entrance sign

Spiders will be focus of Oct. 20 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 15, 2020

Learn why people should appreciate - not be afraid of - spiders.

Garden spider on web

MDC invites women to free Oct. 24 handgun basics course

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 14, 2020
Sign up to learn proper handgun safety techniques and for shooting opportunities.
agent teaches handgun safety techniques to two women

Wetland conditions vary at MDC waterfowl areas this autumn

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 14, 2020
Drought and infrastructure issues affect some areas in west Missouri
mallard ducks

MDC announces COVID-19 procedural levels for waterfowl managed hunts

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 14, 2020
Hunters encouraged to review draw procedure for their preferred conservation area.
waterfowl hunter in wetland

Conservation partners get special awards from MDC and MCHF

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 14, 2020
Congratulations to Quail Forever & Pheasants Forever, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Sovereign Sportsman Solutions!
quail forever pic

MDC offers Basic Shotgun Wingshooting workshop in Kirksville Oct. 27

News from the region

Northeast
Oct 13, 2020

Participants will learn to hone hunting skills with non-toxic shot for migratory and upland bird species.

A hunter aims his shotgun while hunting with his bird dog

Kayak paddlers welcome at MDC conservation areas

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 13, 2020

Explore lakes and rivers using MDC boat ramps and access sites

Angler on kayak

MDC’s St. Louis Region hosting live online Agent Q&A event about fall deer and turkey hunting Oct. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 13, 2020

This live, virtual Q&A event with a St. Charles County conservation agent is a chance to get answers about deer and turkey hunting in real time.

Youth archer in deer stand

MDC Outdoor Recreation Spotlight: 5 kayaking opportunities in northeast Missouri

News from the region

Northeast
Oct 12, 2020

Enjoy mild weather and see fall colors from the water this autumn.

Kayaking on the Wyaconda River

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation offers 2 beginning archery classes Oct. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 09, 2020
Get a start in a lifetime sport that’s accessible to a wide range of ages and physical abilities.
woman shooting blue compound bow

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces October programs

News from the region

Central
Oct 09, 2020
FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.
Runge Sign

MDC welcomes native foraging expert to Runge Nature Center Oct. 22 & 23

News from the region

Central
Oct 09, 2020
Register to attend this FREE foraging hike and book signing on either day.
Bo Brown

MDC to present Oct. 14 not-so-spooky virtual story time

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2020
Listen and learn why some of Missouri’s “scary” critters shouldn’t be feared at all.
two kids looking at tablet

Explore fall with MDC’s hand-picked guide to 10 paddle sport locations

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2020
Don’t forget to grab your binoculars for spotting wildlife and gorgeous fall foliage.
family kayaking

MDC to host free virtual event Oct. 15 to help preserve future of chinquapin trees

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2020
Learn the value of protecting this relative to the American chestnut.
Ozark Chinquapin Nut

MDC advises scouting and habitat key for quail and pheasant hunting

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 08, 2020
MDC survey shows 2020 quail numbers up from last year, pheasant numbers down.
roadside index of quail numbers

Master the art of deer calling with MDC virtual program Oct. 27

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 08, 2020

This free online class will give hunters a competitive edge in the field this deer season.

White tailed buck close up

MDC expands program providing outdoor recreation on private lands

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 08, 2020
Qualified landowners can receive incentive payments for allowing public access.
Hunters standing in front of MRAP sign

MDC welcomes two new staff for relevancy, inclusion and diversity

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 08, 2020
Jessica Hoey joins MDC as Relevancy Chief. Christopher Kennedy takes new position as Assistant to the Director on Inclusion and Diversity.
MDC color logo

MDC to hold virtual Basic Hunting Safety program Oct. 27

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 08, 2020
This free online course will cover the most essential aspects of preventing hunting incidents.
woman shooting rifle

Franklin County to reopen St. Mary’s Road gate, restoring entrance to Chouteau Claim Access

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 07, 2020
The Franklin County Commission has agreed to reopen St. Mary’s Road by Friday; the Commission is now accepting public comment on a measure to vacate the road.
Chouteau Claim Access map

MDC welcomes fall colors appearing in western Missouri

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 07, 2020
Look up and down to see vibrant foliage on trees and the trail
fall color along river

MDC changes Nov. 14-15 mandatory CWD sampling to voluntary

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 07, 2020
COVID-19 concerns prompt shift for the 30 counties of the MDC CWD Management Zone.
CWD sampling

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MDC Media Staff

Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Josh.hartwig@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
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Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
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