Kansas City

MDC presents plaque for state record flathead catfish

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on Nov. 6 presented Mathew McConkey with a plaque honoring his catch of a 100-pound flathead catfish, a new state record for alternative fishing methods. McConkey caught the behemoth flathead on a trotline on Sept. 19 from the Missouri River offshore from the city of Riverside, a burg close to downtown Kansas City.

"It's awesome," he said. "I've fished hard for it, and this is probably the fish of a lifetime."

MDC stocks rainbow trout at Sedalia's Liberty Park Pond

Sedalia, Mo. – Rainbow trout are once again swimming in Liberty Park Pond in Sedalia. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently stocked 1,300 trout in the three-acre pond at Third and Park streets. Included in the stocking were 12 large, trophy-sized trout that formerly served as brood stock at the MDC Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery.

MDC seeks public input for plans for Platte River accesses

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. A draft plan for 13 conservation access areas along the Platte River in northwest Missouri will be available for public comment during November.

MDC's Granny's Acres offers scenic hiking trails

Warsaw, Mo. – The trails at Granny's Acres Conservation Area wind through woodlands, up and down steep hills, and across shady valleys cut by small streams. But trail hikers need not fear getting lost. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) foresters have marked trails with signs and placed signboards with maps at intersections where trail loops meet. This oak and hickory-dominated woodland is a pretty place for a late autumn or winter walk.

MDC helps deer hunters in KC and St. Joe areas Share the Harvest

Kansas City, Mo. – Deer hunters in the Kansas City and St Joseph areas can donate venison to the needy through the Share the Harvest program, administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri. This statewide program allows hunters with extra venison to provide healthy food to be distributed by a local charitable agency.

MDC's west-central waterfowl areas ready despite floods

Kansas City, Mo. – Habitat conditions at four key Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wetlands hit by floods rains in summer will vary from fair to good for the waterfowl hunting season. MDC's Four Rivers, Settles Ford, Montrose and Schell-Osage conservation areas are all in the Middle Zone under statewide seasons and limits. The hunting season in the Middle Zone for ducks and coots starts with a youth hunt Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and the regular season is Nov. 7 to Jan. 5.

MDC to net and tag paddlefish for management study

Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists will be on the water this fall and winter capturing and tagging paddlefish. The tags, with help from paddlefish anglers, are part of a five-year research project aimed at maintaining a quality paddlefish fishery for anglers. Biologists are also studying natural reproduction in some waters and have determined that some paddlefish spawning is occurring.

MDC to help host managed waterfowl hunts at Cooley Lake

Kansas City, Mo. – The oxbow lake portion of the Cooley Lake Conservation Area in Clay County, which is primarily a wetland, will be closed on Oct. 24-25 and Nov. 7-8. Managed waterfowl hunts will be held at the wetland on those dates. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is partnering with Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation to hold a waterfowl hunt for youths during the first closure. MDC and The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors, which serves military veterans, will be partners for the second hunt.

MDC crews create fish habitat at Smithville Lake

Smithville, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) crews boosted fish habitat at Smithville Lake on Oct. 6 by felling trees growing near the shoreline into the water. The trees will provide good spawning habitat in spring for fish, especially largemouth bass. They will also be durable shelter for newly hatched sportfish fry hiding from predators.

MDC crews with boats and chainsaws dropped the trees into the water's edge in coves in the Rock Creek, Linn, and Roberts branches of the lake. All sites are north of the Route W Bridge on the lake's upper end.

MDC taps Storybook Forest friends for conservation tales

Kansas City, Mo. – Once upon a time, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center realized children enjoy both nature's surprises and familiar fairy tales. So do grownups. So on Oct. 3, the staff magically made well-known characters from fables appear. The Nature Center's paved Missouri Tree Trail became for a day a walk into "Storybook Forest."

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