Ozark

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.

Floods temporarily impact rainbow trout growth at Montauk State Park, Maramec Trout Park

Cape Girardeau, MO. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) alerts anglers that rainbow trout caught at Montauk State Park and Maramec Trout Park near St. James may be smaller than usual for a short time. This is due to the record number of flood events, six this spring, impacting the Department’s Montauk Hatchery near Licking. The Department has noted growth rates of rainbow trout have slowed during the late spring and early summer of 2013.

MDC needs anglers’ help with bass tagging study in Ozark streams

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking anglers who fish select Ozark streams to help with a research project by reporting their catches of tagged smallmouth bass. One of Missouri’s most popular game fish, smallmouth bass are found predominantly in cool, clear streams and large reservoirs in the Ozarks. Bass season for Ozark streams runs from May 25 through Feb. 28, 2014.

Striped bass to be stocked in Bull Shoals

THEODOSIA, Mo. – All sportfish have their devoted followings, but few species evoke higher levels of angler excitement than striped bass.

Five year Missouri poaching case against 46 ends in Federal Court

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently wrapped up a major special investigation involving 46 individuals that began in 2008. Operation “Pulling Wool” came to a close on April 25 with a final conviction in Federal Court. The last defendant charged in the operation was found guilty by a United States Magistrate in Cape Girardeau.

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