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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. 

MDC hosts fishing fair in Forest Park for people with disabilities

St. LOUIS, Mo.—The telltale splash of water followed by a tightening of the line and the arc of the fishing rod could only mean one thing.  There was a big fish on the hook.  Josie, age 9, was the young angler at the bank side of the struggle.  The bend of the pole grew sharper.  A good two-to-three minute fight ensued, fisher versus fish, as Josie worked the line. 

“It kept biting and it almost took the pole.  It was playing with me,” she said.

MDC breaks ground on new Busch Shooting Range

St. CHARLES, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) held a ground breaking ceremony for its new August A. Busch Memorial Shooting Range and Education Center in St. Charles on May 26.  The event kicked off phase II of the construction of the range.

Attending the event were MDC Director Robert L. Ziehmer, along with Conservation Commissioners Marilynn J. Bradford, David W. Murphy, and James T. Blair.  Also present were Conservation Commissioners Emeriti Don Johnson and Steve Bradford.

2016 St. Louis Region Southern Small River Accesses

This plan includes ten accesses that assist in the preservation of stream bank integrity and provide access to the Meramec, Bourbeuse and Big Rivers for public recreational opportunities. Accesses included in this plan include Allenton Access, Campbell Bridge Access, Chouteau Claim Access, Mammoth Access, Mill Rock Access, Riverview Access, Sand Ford Access, Sappington Bridge Access, Uhlemeyer Access, and Wenkel Ford Access.

Conservation agents and St. Louis County cops host fishing fair, fish fry for Ferguson kids

St. LOUIS, Mo.—50 degree temperatures and blustery winds might have kept some kids indoors, butut not the youths of the Ferguson Strength and Honor Mentoring and Tutoring Program (SAHMTMT).  While other kids might have stayed inside, these kids were out having a blast catching fish.

MDC offers introduction to bow fishing class in June

St. Charles, Mo. — There's more than one way to catch a fish. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants anglers to discover something that might just be a new "angle" for pursuing their favorite fish.

How about trading a rod and reel for a bow and arrow?

Online registration for Upper Mississippi Waterfowl Blind Drawings open now until May 22

UPDATE 5/24/2016: The co-registrant selection process is being delayed until June 1-10, 2016, due to some programming issues and to confirm hunter contact information that was incorrectly entered during the registration period. If you entered the drawing and did not receive an e-mail informing you of the draw results, please contact MDC at (573) 898-5905, ext. 1890.

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