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MDC seeks info about poached bull elk found at Current River

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a dead bull elk recently found along the Current River in Shannon County and asks the public to report any related information to the Department's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

According to MDC preliminary information, the elk appears to have been shot and the skull plate and antlers were removed with a chainsaw. The rest of the carcass was left intact.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center offers free family fun at Holiday Happenings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Holidays are a time to spend with friends and family. It's been a tradition at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Runge Nature Center to host Holiday Happenings between Christmas Day and New Year's Day for families and friends to gather and connect with nature.

Holiday Happenings 2015 will take place from 10 a.m. – 3p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Wednesday, Dec. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 31.

MDC pilots new program that expands public access for Missouri hunters

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A new program piloted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in northeast Missouri increases outdoor recreational opportunities for Missouri hunters, anglers, and wildlife watchers. The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) provides incentive payments to private landowners who volunteer to open their property for public access and recreation.

Upon enrollment, landowners select from various public access options such as:

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools workshop for preschool teachers in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites preschool teachers interested in improving conservation education in their classrooms and home-schools to attend an upcoming free training class on Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MDC Central Regional Office, 3500 East Gans Road in Columbia. Space is limited and reservations are required by Jan. 15.

Help Protect Mid-MO Deer from Chronic Wasting Disease

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking deer hunters and landowners in central Missouri to help limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) -- a disease fatal to deer -- through some Department recommendations and regulation changes.

The Department's focus on Mid-Missouri comes after a buck harvested in Cole County last year tested positive for the deadly disease. The disease has also been found in several dozen deer from Linn, Macon, and Adair counties.

MDC restoration efforts improve woodlands at Marshall Junction Conservation Area

MARSHALL JUNCTION, Mo. – Nearly a decade of woodland management efforts by the Missouri Department of Conservation has created better hunting and nature viewing at Marshall Junction Conservation Area.

The MDC management strategy has included a timber harvest, additional firewood permits, prescribed fire, and mechanical removal of undesirable woody vegetation. Recently, MDC managers knocked back nearly 40 acres of overgrowth, helping to stimulate greater diversity of woodland plants and animals.

MDC offers muzzleloader squirrel hunt and primitive skills camp in Ashland

ASHLAND Mo. – Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) by going on a muzzleloader squirrel hunt and taking part in a primitive skills camp. The program will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at MDC's Charles Green Conservation Area- at 5611 E. Minor Hill Rd. in Ashland. The program is free, but registration is required by Oct. 20.

MDC offers Basic Archery Instructor course in Eldon

ELDON, Mo. – Teachers interested in starting an archery program in their school can attend a Basic Archery Instructor course in Eldon.

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) helps build stronger, more confident and accomplished kids. MDC offers teacher training and equipment grants to help launch local programs across the state.

MDC offers firearms safety class in Jefferson City for youth hunters

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a free firearms safety class for youth hunters, ages 6 to 15. The class is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at MDC's Runge Conservation Nature Center, located on HWY 179 approximately a quarter mile north of HWY 50 in Jefferson City.

Samantha Rhoades named new conservation agent for Osage County

OSAGE COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has appointed Samantha Rhoades as a new conservation agent in Osage County. Rhoades is among eight new agents of the Department's agent graduate class of 2015.

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