Ozark

Business leaders reflect on economic, personal benefits of elk restoration

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. -- Business leaders from the Missouri Ozarks took an extensive tour of Missouri’s Elk Restoration Zone during the area’s prime elk-bugling season. According to Elk Program Manager David Hasenbeck, with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), approximately 20 community leaders recently viewed habitat and received an update on elk restoration efforts. The group saw 51 elk during the tour of MDC's Peck Ranch Conservation Area (CA), viewed habitat work on nearby private land and visited MDC's Current River CA.

MDC confirms mountain lion sighting in Shannon County

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion on private land in Shannon County approximately nine miles west of Eminence. The confirmation is based on a trail camera photo taken Sept. 29. The name of the landowner and the property location are not being released at the request of the landowner.

Twin Pines Education Center celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day

WINONA, Mo. –The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing day on Saturday, Sept. 21, with special events at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center. The center’s manager, Melanie Carden-Jessen, said this day provides an opportunity to sharpen outdoor skills that will improve every hunting and fishing experiences.

Discover nature with elk driving tours at MDC’s Peck Ranch in Ozarks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – See some of Missouri’s first free-ranging elk in nearly 150 years, along with other wildlife, while also enjoying fall foliage through a self-guided driving tour at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

MDC public meeting in West Plains seeks input on CWD threat to deer

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on Missouri deer and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), and to get comments about limiting the spread of CWD among captive and free-ranging deer.

MDC confirms mountain lion sighting at Peck Ranch in Carter County

CARTER COUNTY, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion on its Peck Ranch Conservation Area in Carter County. The confirmation is based on a trail camera photo taken Aug. 26.

Gasconade River’s Jerome Access closed due to flood damage

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – With the recent flooding across southern Missouri, many water access points across the southern portion of the state are damaged. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has temporarily closed Jerome Access due to extensive flooding damage.

“We are working to come up with a repair plan but because of the extent of the damage, final repairs may be weeks away,” said Dave Mayers, MDC’s Fisheries Supervisor for the Ozark Region.

MDC confirms mountain lion sighting in Pulaski County

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion on private land in Pulaski County. The confirmation is based on a trail camera photo taken June 29. The name of the landowner and the property location are not being released at the request of the landowner.

MDC to hold Forestry Field Day in Eminence

EMINENCE, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Forestry Field Day for landowners at the Eminence MDC Forestry Office on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Foresters, landowners and loggers who are interested in using cost share opportunities, receiving continuing education credit or just learning more about the best ways to manage a forest are all encouraged to attend.

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