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Get tips on preparing fish and game at Sept. 23 MDC program

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 15, 2020
Program will also have tips on how to make soda can stove that is useful on camping trips.
cutting a fish filet

MDC and partners assist American burying beetle's removal from national endangered species list

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 14, 2020
Saint Louis Zoo, The Nature Conservancy, and MDC are partners in Missouri's role
American burying beetle in gloved hand

Learn safe handling and hunting with modern sporting rifles with free online MDC class Sept. 22

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 14, 2020
AR-15 style rifles are becoming more popular and this free program will help users safely get the most out of them.
man shooting AR-15 style rifle

Get hunter education through MDC's online format

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 14, 2020

All-online format may be completed by Missourians ages 16 and older.

Mentoring hunters

MDC holds a virtual presentation about spiders Sept. 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 14, 2020
This free, interactive virtual program will focus on the most common spiders found around the home and yard.
common house spider

MDC's Lake City and Parma Woods shooting ranges begin winter hours

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 14, 2020

Ranges welcome users and COVID-19 precautions are in place

MDC logo

MDC to offer beginner trapping clinic in Callaway Co. Oct. 3–4

News from the region

Central
Sep 11, 2020

Learn to hone trapping skills with conservation professionals at FREE clinic near Williamsburg.

Trapping at Whetstone Creek Conservation Area

MDC invites veterans to fish for free at Roaring River State Park

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 11, 2020

Sept. 19 event will give veterans a day of free fishing at Roaring River.

Veteran fishing

Learn about wild edibles at Sept. 22 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 11, 2020

Get information about nuts, fruits, and mushrooms that can add flavor to recipes and snacks.

Persimmons on branch

MDC holds second Introduction to Handguns online class Sept. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2020
Due to high demand, MDC has added another free virtual course covering the basics of proper and safe handgun use.
woman shooting handgun

Get tips on tying flies at Sept. 16 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 10, 2020
Learn how tying your own lures can add to your fishing fun.
fly-type fishing lures

MDC says don't dump aquariums to avoid spreading invasive species

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 10, 2020
Non-native fish recently found at Blue Springs Lake likely came from an aquarium
tropical fish

Learn how trout are raised at Sept. 17 MDC virtual hatchery tour

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 10, 2020
Online tour of Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery will show a trout's journey from egg to a fish ready to be hooked.
fingerling rainbow trout

MDC invites youth, families to free fishing classes in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Sep 10, 2020
Four-part Discover Nature – Fishing courses offered over two evenings in September.
boy fishing at pond

Learn the basics of shotgun shooting at Sept. 19 MDC program

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 10, 2020

Free clinic will feature opportunities to test shooting skills.

An MDC conservation educator shows a man how to shoot a shotgun

Enjoy a Missouri autumn with MDC’s fall color forecast

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 10, 2020

Find weekly updates on which trees are changing and where to get the best views at mdc.mo.gov/fallcolor.

Fall vista at Peck Ranch

Hone nature photography skills on hike at MDC's Cape Girardeau Nature Center

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 10, 2020

Take a morning guided hike on Sept. 18 to get photographs and photo information

A woman crouches down to take a nature picture

Learn tree identification tips on MDC hike at Cape Girardeau Nature Center on Sept. 12

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 09, 2020

Get tips on how to identify some of the species found in southeast Missouri

Tulip poplar with fall color

MDC, partners offer deer hunting clinic for youth with terminal, chronic illnesses

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 09, 2020
Apply by Oct. 23 for this free opportunity to connect with nature during Missouri’s youth deer season.
buck in woods

Butterflies are focus of MDC online program for kids on Sept. 15

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 09, 2020
Children can learn about the changes these colorful insects go through in their life cycles.
swallowtail on butterfly weed

MDC revises regulations regarding coyote hunting and invasive species control

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 08, 2020

Revised regulations will allow use of thermal imaging to hunt coyotes and control feral hogs on private property.

Coyote

MDC offers 2 beginning archery classes Sept. 12 at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 08, 2020

Get a start in a lifetime sport that’s accessible to a wide range or ages and physical abilities.

Female archer

MDC will add hybrid sunfish to four Kansas City urban fishing lakes this autumn

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 08, 2020

Anglers will have a chance to catch large hybrid sunfish

A boy holds a sunfish

MDC offers beginner kayak clinics in Kirksville

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 08, 2020
Sign up to attend an introductory course on Sept. 30 or Oct. 1.
beginner kayak training

Learn the basics of knife sharpening Sept. 12 at MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 08, 2020

A well-functioning knife is a vital companion in the field when hunting and fishing.

Three knives

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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
573-290-5730
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