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MDC offers bow frogging class in St. Charles County July 8

St.  CHARLES, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) would like to acquaint frog hunters with a new way to pursue their game.  But there are some strings attached — bowstrings.

New MDC program offers landowners payments to let public use their land for outdoor recreation

St. LOUIS, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) works with and for landowners to improve outdoor access for all Missourians.  A new tool MDC has developed to do this is the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP).

MRAP is a cooperative effort between MDC and willing landowners to offer portions of private land for public access to hunt, fish or view wildlife, while at the same time financially benefitting the landowner.

MDC holds Learn to Deer Hunt Open House at Jay Henges Shooting Range July 12

HIGH RIDGE, Mo.—If you’d like to join the rich heritage of deer hunting in Missouri but don’t know where to begin, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has the perfect opportunity this July.

MDC presents the Learn to Deer Hunt Open House Tuesday, July 12 at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in High Ridge.  The event will run from 6-8 p.m. and will offer the chance for visitors to drop by any time during the two hours to speak with MDC experts on a number of aspects about hunting.  The open house is free and open to the public.

Florissant couple receives national Volunteer Hunter Education Hall of Fame Award

FLORISSANT, Mo. — Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish, and people like Jim and Peggy Ragland make it a safer place to hunt. The Raglands are volunteer instructors for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Hunter Education Program (HED).  Recently, they received national recognition for their service.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center debuts new video wall and sound system

KIRKWOOD, Mo.—What might be the next best thing to discovering nature outdoors?  Perhaps experiencing it on a larger-than-life video wall at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center.

The nature center has recently completed an extensive audio-visual upgrade in their 250-seat auditorium.  The main attraction is a video wall comprised of nine 55-inch LED screens that link together to create one giant image.  The video display is 4K resolution and capable of bringing nature to life in an immersive way.

MDC partners with QDMA to hold deer management workshop in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is working with landowners to hold a Deer and Food Plot Management Workshop 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at New Haven Farm and Feed.  The workshop is free and open to anyone who owns property and wants to improve their land to attract more wildlife.

The workshop is cooperative effort between MDC and the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). QDMA is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and the heritage of hunting.

Black bear sighted in Franklin County, MDC urges “Don’t feed bears!”

ROBERTSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that a black bear has been spotted in Franklin County near the towns of Robertsville and Lonedell.

According to MDC Wildlife Damage Biologist Tom Meister, the department received a number of phone calls over the past weekend and Monday from residents in both towns reporting black bear sightings, along with some cell phone photos.  The two towns are approximately eight miles apart, with Robertsville along I-44 and Lonedell on Highway 30 to the south.

MDC’s Discover Nature—Fishing program expands, adds new St. Louis area lake

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.”  Such was the wisdom of cartoonist Doug Larson. 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to help families and kids concentrate on the “important things in life” by helping them to get out fishing.  It has plenty of fishing poles, too.

Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen to perform at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center June 24

KIRKWOOD, Mo. – There are different paths to discovering nature, and music and photography are two of the most popular.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will welcome popular northwest musical artist John Nilsen to a live performance at its Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m.  The concert is free and open to the general public.  Nilsen, a noted pianist and acoustic musician, comes from Portland, Ore.  He is one of the largest-selling musical artists in the Northwestern U.S. 

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