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

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.

MDC offers cable restraint certification class in Neosho

NEOSHO, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a cable restraint trapping certification class 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the meeting room of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, 520 Park St.

MDC offers youth dove workshop and hunt in Barton County

MINDENMINES, Mo. – Young hunters can learn about and try dove hunting at an upcoming Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) youth dove-hunting workshop and hunt at MDC’s Shawnee Trail Conservation Area in Barton County. From  7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 31, young hunters will be introduced to the sport of dove hunting and the outdoor ethics and firearms safety skills that go with it at a pre-hunt workshop at the Shawnee Trail Area shop. This will be followed by an adult-mentored hunt on Sept. 3 at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area.

Have fun learning about insects at MDC's Insect-O-Rama

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Learning more about insects is a good way to appreciate the good they do for us. People can have fun learning about these fascinating creatures at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free Insect-O-Rama program from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Local insect experts will join MDC staff to provide an evening of insect information and fun activities.

MDC offers bowhunter education class on Aug. 13

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A bowhunter education class provides several benefits to archery enthusiasts. Bowhunter education certification is not a mandatory part of Missouri’s statewide hunting regulations, but it is a requirement to participate in some archery hunting opportunities in the state. It also allows archery hunters to get tips on shooting techniques and safety.

MDC invites kids to free fishing day at Roaring River

CASSVILLE, Mo. – Fishing introduces kids to the outdoors, so it’s beneficial to get young people hooked on fishing. That will be the focus of Kids’ Fishing Day on Aug. 20 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Roaring River State Park. The event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Missouri Department of Natural Resources and a number of businesses and local organizations.

Long-time conservation agent wins hunter education honor

LEBANON, Mo. – Walt Hutton’s hunter education efforts in 2015 showed that a quarter-century of conservation work has not slowed him down.

Each year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recognizes hunter education instructors whose efforts exceed regular teaching duties. Hutton, who lives in Lebanon and has been Laclede County’s agent for all but two of his 27 years with MDC, has been named the 2015 Hunter Education Conservation Agent Instructor of the Year. He was recognized for his achievement by MDC on July 12 in Jefferson City.

Husband and wife honored for hunter education efforts

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Offering their time and talents to teach hunter education in southwest Missouri and also assisting with other conservation educational events have earned statewide recognition for Dale and Julie Garner.


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