Ozark

MDC offers fish gigging clinic Jan. 23 for Oregon County

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host Introduction to Fish Gigging in Oregon County, Saturday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registered participants will meet at MDC's Ozark Regional Office in West Plains before departing as a group to gig on private land. Blake Stephens, MDC fisheries management biologist, said participants will learn to gig from the front of a boat, learn about sucker fish and the Ozark tradition of fish gigging.

MDC seeks public input for Austin Community Lake

CAPE GIRARDEAU, 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 Austin Community Lake is available for public comment until Jan. 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

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 seeks public input for Austin Community Lake

CAPE GIRARDEAU, 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 Austin Community Lake is available for public comment until Jan. 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

Eastern Douglas County fire unit gets national recognition

DRURY, Mo. – Fire safety and good food will be the focus of a special event to be held Saturday (Nov. 7) to recognize the Eastern Douglas County Volunteer Fire Department.

Workshop to focus on livestock benefits of native grasses

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. – Management of native grasslands doesn't only benefit the wild creatures that utilize the habitat – it often helps domestic ones, too.

Livestock owners and farm operators can learn more about how native plants have both grazing and habitat benefits at a landowner field day from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Missouri State University's Journagan Ranch near Mountain Grove in Douglas County. This free event is a cooperative effort of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri State University (MSU).

MDC: Public libraries provide loaner fishing equipment

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Public libraries in several communities in the Missouri Ozarks have partnered with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to make fishing more accessible through MDC's Rod and Reel Loaner Program.

"Much like you would go check out a book at the library, now you can go check out fishing equipment and get started enjoying the outdoors as you fish with your family and friends," said MDC Angler Education Assistant Kathleen Wolf.

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