MDC stocks rainbow trout at three mid-Missouri lakes for winter fishing

COLUMBIA, Mo. — With longer nights and colder weather, it's easy to get house bound. However the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to get outdoors and discover nature through winter trout fishing. Three lakes in mid-Missouri were recently stocked with rainbow trout for a winter fishing program co-sponsored by MDC. Trout were released in Cosmo-Bethel Lake in Columbia, Kiwanis Lake in Mexico, and McKay Park Lake in Jefferson City.

MDC Runge Nature Center hosts waterfowl book signing

Quality wetlands are important and do not happen by accident. Careful planning, skillful execution of well-designed strategies, public and private partnerships, strong citizen support and dedicated funding have all led to the wetland habitats and migratory bird populations that we enjoy today. A new book, Waterfowl Hunting and Wetland Conservation in Missouri – A Model of Collaboration, chronicles Missouri's success in this area. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Runge Nature Center is holding a book signing from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.

MDC hosting a MoNASP teacher training workshop in Jefferson City

Teachers, help your students learn responsibility and focus like never before. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding a training workshop for teachers interested in joining Missouri's National Archery in the Schools program (MoNASP) from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 and Thursday, Nov. 6 at St. Martins Catholic School gymnasium, 7206 St Martins Blvd., Jefferson City. The workshop is free, but participants must attend both sessions to be certified. Registration is required by Nov. 4 and the class is limited to the first 30 registered.

MDC welcomes new area manager to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) welcomes MDC Wildlife Biologist Clayton Light as the new area manager for Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area (CA), located in Boone County.

John George, the MDC's central regional wildlife supervisor, said Clayton was selected due to his varied experience within the MDC.

MDC invites public to dedication of renovated Rocky Forks Lake Shooting Range

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Mid-Missouri shooting sports enthusiast and hunters have a newly renovated place to practice their shooting skills. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) welcomes the public to come and view the modifications recently made to Rocky Forks Lakes Conservation Area's (CA) unstaffed shooting range in Boone County. MDC will hold a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, at the shooting range, located approximately six miles north of Columbia on Highway 63, and one-half mile east on Peabody Road.

MDC seeks public input for Riverlands Conservation Areas

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans and is seeking public input on how conservation areas are important to Missourians. A draft plan for the Riverlands Conservation Areas (CA) is available for public review from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.

To preview the draft management plan and to share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

MDC needs hunter help with CWD sampling in north-central Missouri

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is again working with hunters and landowners from around the state, along with taxidermy shops and meat processors in north-central Missouri, to collect tissue samples from adult deer harvested during the fall archery and firearms deer seasons. The cooperative effort is part of MDC's ongoing work to detect cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Missouri's free-ranging deer.

2015 Riverlands Conservation Areas Management Plan

Includes the Franklin Island, Diana Bend, Plowboy Bend, Marion Bottoms, Smoky Waters and Tate Island Conservation Areas.

Join MDC in celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day with MU Tigers in Columbia on Sept. 20

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A crisp autumn day is always a good time to enjoy the outdoors and experience a football game. Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, in pre-game festivities to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day before the University of Missouri (MU) Tigers take on the University of Indiana Hoosiers in Columbia.

MDC offers Basic Reloading: Metallic Cartridges class in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Reloading cartridges is a great way to enjoy your firearms. Now that factory rifle ammunition may cost $35 or more per box, it is worth the time and effort to learn how to reload your own rifle ammunition. Join the staff of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to learn these skills at a Basic Reloading: Metallic Cartridges class from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the MDC Central Regional Office in Columbia.


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