Ozark

MDC needs hunter help in southwest Missouri to detect CWD

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – More than 100 cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) found in deer and elk in northwest Arkansas has prompted the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to continue its increased CWD surveillance efforts in seven southwestern and south-central Missouri counties this fall and winter.

Learn about fishing through MDC's Discover Nature Fishing

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Fishing is a great tool to introduce children to healthier lifestyles and it’s a good activity for strengthening family bonds. These are some of the many benefits of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Discover Nature Fishing Program.

MDC: Public input sought for Indian Trail Conservation Area

WEST PLAINS, 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 the Indian Trail Conservation Area (CA) is important to Missourians. The Indian Trail CA management plan is open for public review until Sept. 30.

DRAFT Indian Trail Conservation Area Management Plan

Indian Trail Conservation Area is 13,503 acres of forest, glade, savanna, woodland, and old field habitats in Dent County. This area is managed for healthy wildlife, forests, woodland resources, and compatible recreational opportunities. Indian Trail CA offers five primitive group camping areas, one firearms shooting range, one boat ramp with floating dock, and one 35-acre fishing lake, Blackwell Lake, for public use.

MDC offers cable restraint certification class in West Plains

WEST PLAINS, Mo. Cable restraint devices are effective tools for catching furbearers (primarily coyotes). Their non-lethal design also provides a benefit to trappers in instances where non-target species are caught accidentally.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a cable restraint trapping certification class 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 16 at MDC’s Ozark Regional Office in West Plains. The address is 551 Joe Jones Blvd.

MDC names Birch Tree man State Logger of the Year

BIRCH TREE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Tom Martin of Birch Tree on being named Missouri’s State Logger of the Year for 2016! Martin was also named the regional logger of the year for the Ozark Region.

He has been a contract logger for Smith Flooring for almost a quarter century and has worked on private, state, and federal-land timber sales across the Ozarks. Martin works by himself, cutting, skidding and hauling timber.

Learn about fishing through MDC's Discover Nature - Fishing

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Fishing is a great way to connect families with the outdoors. It’s a great tool to introduce children to healthier lifestyles and it’s a good activity for strengthening family bonds. These are some of the many benefits of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Discover Nature - Fishing Program.

MDC partners with Lincoln University on West Plains Feral Hog Workshop

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has partnered with Lincoln University to present a free Feral Hog Workshop for landowners at the Howell County Extension Office in West Plains. The workshop is Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.

MDC: Hunter education skills session scheduled for West Plains

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a Hunter Education skills session Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at MDC’s Ozark Regional Office, located at 551 Joe Jones Blvd., in West Plains.

Hunter education is required to buy a firearms hunting permit in Missouri for any hunter born on or after Jan. 1, 1967. Hunters must complete step one, a knowledge portion, and step two, a skills session, in order to become hunter education certified. Either of these two scheduled skills sessions will meet the step two requirement.

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