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One man, three counties, 19 wildlife violations

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says fifteen seconds of fame garnered from “reeling in” an 83-pound catfish wasn’t earned by the man who made many news outlets last summer with an 83-pound catfish. After a lengthy investigation, a Missouri conservation agent proved the story wasn’t completely true. Anthony Stacy of Farmington pleaded guilty last week in Reynolds County to two counts of illegally shooting flathead catfish with bow fishing equipment. One was the 83-pound catfish spread across the news and the other was a 50-pound catfish.

MDC hosts Hunter Education Skills Session at Perryville Elks Lodge

PERRYVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Hunter Education Skills Session at the Perryville Elks Lodge, Friday, July 29, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1967 is required to have an approved hunter education card. The card is also required when purchasing any firearms hunting permit. Hunter education courses are for students 11 years of age and older.

MDC: Public input sought for Coldwater Conservation Area

CAPE GIRARDEAU, 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 Coldwater Conservation Area (CA) is important to Missourians. The Coldwater CA management plan is open for public review in June.

MDC: Invasive Emerald Ash Borer continues to threaten Missouri’s ash trees

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urge people not to move firewood and ash logs to avoid the further spread of invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) insects. Native to Asia, these bugs are destroying ash trees wherever they are, ruining millions of dollars in forest products and blemishing Missouri's forests as they leave behind skeletons of dead ash trees. An MDC EAB distribution map was updated this week marking all the known Missouri counties with EAB infestations. Examination of ash trees on public land by a U.S.

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts Youth Pond Catfishing Clinic June 11

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – There was a time when very few Missouri children didn’t know how to fish – especially for catfish. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) fisheries biologists plan to start a catfishing revival with their Youth Pond Catfishing Clinic June 11 at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

MDC Cape Nature Center offers Father's Day Fishing: Pond to Plate

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center invites all fathers and grandfathers to celebrate Father’s Day with their children at Father’s Day Fishing: Pond to Plate. This free and fun event is Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Fishing is a long-standing tradition in Missouri and it’s very often something we learn from our father or grandfather,” said Sara Turner, manager of the center. “We hope to see lots of memories made at this event.”

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts two June canoeing programs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Henry David Thoreau said, “Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.” Southeast Missourians, who wish to follow in Thoreau’s wake, are invited to attend one of two free canoeing programs scheduled for June 4 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts Wild Heart in concert this Friday

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host Wild Heart in concert this Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Sara Turner, manager of the center, said the musical group never fails to provide a memorable event for families to enjoy.

“Wild Heart has become an annual staple for our summer program schedule,” Turner said. “They bring an enthusiasm for nature that our community loves to enjoy time and time again.”

MDC: Youth Bowfishing Clinic scheduled for June 10 in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the United Bowhunters of Missouri will host a Youth Bowfishing Clinic for ages 12 to 17, June 10 in Cape Girardeau.

MDC hosts Kids’ Fishing Day on May 14 at Maramec Spring Park

ST. JAMES, Mo. – A casting contest, free fishing and free hotdogs are all part of the fun at Kids' Fishing Day, Saturday, May 14. The event is put on by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in cooperation with The James Foundation. It offers free fishing and other fun activities for kids ages 15 years and younger at Maramec Spring Park, located near St. James. The park will open at 5:30 a.m. with fishing at 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

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