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MDC offers free paddlefish snagging clinic April 11 at Warsaw

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 24, 2020
Learn about paddlefish conservation and snagging techniques
man and boy on boat with two paddlefish

MDC says registration is open for landowners seeking free and discounted permits

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 24, 2020
Register online or contact MDC offices for applications for landowner deer and turkey hunting permits
two tom turkeys in woods

MDC reminds snaggers that paddlefish season begins March 15

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 24, 2020
Paddlefish snagging waters include Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake, and Table Rock Lake.
three snaggers on boat with one paddlefish

MDC and CFM thank deer hunters, processors, and sponsors for sharing the harvest

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 24, 2020
This season’s donations of 348,535 pounds take overall total to more than 4.3 million pounds.
Venison donations in back of car

Time to buy 2020 MDC annual hunting and fishing permits

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 21, 2020
Buy permits from vendors, online, or through MDC’s free MO Hunting and MO Fishing apps.
MDC logo

MDC partners with Missouri Western on a prairie restoration in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 21, 2020
Project will provide a native grassland habitat for research, enjoyment, and education
grassland restoration

MDC encourages public to Be Bear Aware this spring

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 18, 2020
MDC reminds people that a “fed bear is a dead bear.”
two black bears in the green woods

MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in northeast Missouri

News from the region

Northeast
Feb 18, 2020

Register to attend a free workshop on fire as an important land management method.

Two technicians manage a prescribed burn.

MDC encourages anglers to get hooked on Missouri trout fishing

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 14, 2020
March 1 marks opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing at the state’s four trout parks.
rainbow trout in hands

MDC invites families to Youth Pollinator Event Feb. 29 at Columbia golf course

News from the region

Central
Feb 13, 2020

Register for a free, fun, family-friendly learning opportunity about pollinators and creating native wildlife habitat.

A monarch lands on common thistle.

MDC invites public to Feb. 29 Vulture Venture near Branson

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 13, 2020

Free program highlights benefits of these misunderstood birds.

A turkey vulture stands in a grass field.

Find places for outdoor fun with MDC’s “MO Outdoors” app

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 13, 2020
Download the free MO Outdoors app through Google Play or the App Store.
MO Outdoors app main screen

MDC offers timber harvest workshop March 7 in Gasconade County

News from the region

Central
Feb 13, 2020

Free clinic will help landowners understand process and benefits of forest management.

A wooded area.

MDC says Audubon Conservation Ranching program helps imperiled grassland birds

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 11, 2020
Consumers can buy beef grown in pastures certified as friendly to grassland birds
cattle in field

MDC offers Urban Woodsman event Feb. 22 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 10, 2020
Free event for all ages features maple syrup, ax handling tips, and outdoor lore
cut firewood

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong to add encore presentation Feb 20 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 07, 2020

Due to popular demand, MDC’s photographer has scheduled a second presentation to share his award-winning images of Missouri’s wildlife and landscapes.

Noppadol Paothong stops to smile for the camera out in nature.

MDC congratulates Maryville angler for state-record yellow perch

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 07, 2020

Tyler Halley of Maryville caught a 1-pound, 14-ounce fish on a private pond in Nodaway County.

Tyler Halley shows off his state-record yellow perch.

MDC offering waterfowl workshops in St. Louis region this March to give input on upcoming seasons

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 06, 2020
MDC workshops in Elsberry and St. Charles will solicit hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2021-2025 seasons.
waterfowl hunter in blind

Feral Hogs in Missouri: Illegal release and transport has driven up damage over decades

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 06, 2020
The feral hog business has a long history of causing problems for Missourians.
feral hogs with ear tags

MDC invites public to learn about fly fishing at program at Neosho Hatchery

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 05, 2020
Free Feb. 15 event is cooperative effort of MDC, Neosho National Fish Hatchery and MAKO Fly Fishers.
woman fly fishing in stream

MDC invites gun owners to firearms care workshop at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 05, 2020
Free Feb. 15 program will cover basic care, cleaning, and storage of firearms.
items on a table used for firearms care and a rifle and shotgun

MDC invites public to smallmouth bass program Feb. 20

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 05, 2020

Free program at Springfield Nature Center offers tips for hooking this popular fish.

A picture of smallmouth bass underwater.

MDC crowns state champion river birch tree in Howard County

News from the region

Central
Feb 04, 2020

Howard County farm recognized as home to largest known river birch tree in the state.

Forester A.J. Campbell presents the Champion Tree plaque to Larry and Brenda Potterfield and Andrew Robinson.

Cape Nature Center FREE events include Paddling for Veterans and viewing of The Lorax

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 04, 2020
Programs at the Nature Center are always FREE, thanks to the Conservation State Sales Tax.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Test your fishing skills through MDC’s first Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 04, 2020

MDC and Trout Unlimited partnered to offer Missouri anglers their first “Trout Slam”

The medallion and gold, silver, and bronze pins awarded to Trout Slam anglers.

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MDC Media Staff

Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
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