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MDC programs to give tips on deer processing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Once a hunter has bagged a deer, the work is only half over. How to field dress it, skin it, process the meat and store it for future tasty meals are skills hunters need to know.

New Laclede County conservation agent not far from old job

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – When Conservation Agent Jarrad Jewell moves from his old county to his newly assigned one, it will be a short trip.

On Oct. 1, Jewell begins his new job as conservation agent for Laclede County. He is familiar with the area, having served as the conservation agent in neighboring Dallas County since 2009. He will work alongside fellow Laclede County Conservation Agent Jarad Milligan. Jewell replaces Walt Hutton, who retired earlier this summer after serving as Laclede County’s conservation agent for 25 years.

New Dallas County conservation agent is not new to area

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – When Ryan Wood commences his duties as conservation agent in Dallas County, he will be working in a county he knows well. A native of Greene County, Wood spent much of his free time hunting and fishing in Dallas County.

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.

MDC plans archery instructor training classes

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Teachers interested in becoming archery instructors at their schools will have opportunities to receive training in September in Joplin and Springfield.

MDC plans archery instructor training classes

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Teachers interested in becoming archery instructors at their schools will have opportunities to receive training in September in Joplin and Springfield.

MDC invites public to attend tree walks in Joplin and Monett

JOPLIN, Mo. – This time of year is a great time to get out, take a walk and enjoy nature. These walks can be through a neighborhood, park, or rural area. In addition to providing opportunities to get exercise, these walks provide great opportunities to learn about trees.

In September, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold tree identification walks in Joplin and Monett.

The Joplin walk will start at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Leonard Park, located in the 500 block of Turk Avenue in Joplin. The walk will begin near the park’s shelter.

MDC seeks public input on Busiek Area management plan

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Gathering input from the public continues to be a key element in the formation of an updated area management plan for the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area.

This area’s planning process is entering its next phase. From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will be seeking public comment on a draft version of the Busiek Area’s 10-year area management plan. The plan is posted at mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

DRAFT Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area Management Plan

Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area is 2,701 acres of woodland, upland forest, glades, and old field in Christian County. Management of this area focuses on forest, woodland, and glade natural communities and the species they support. This area features one unstaffed shooting range, eight designated campsites, and 18 miles of multi-use (hike/bike/horse) trails for public use.

New Dade County conservation agent on familiar turf

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – When Jeremy Edwards begins his duties as Dade County Conservation agent on Sept. 1, he will be patrolling an area he knows well. A native of Sarcoxie in nearby Jasper County, he grew up fishing and camping at Stockton Lake and is looking forward to helping protect the resources of that area that he has enjoyed since he was a youth.

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