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MDC’s Reifsnider Shooting Range hours temporarily changing starting Dec. 7

Warrenton, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will temporarily modify hours of operation at its unstaffed shooting range at the Reifsnider State Forest in Warren County starting Monday, Dec. 7. The change will be to accommodate a construction project on the site.

The range will be closed Monday through Thursday from Dec. 7 until March 1, 2016. The exact completion date may be effected by weather conditions. During this three-month construction period, MDC will install a new boundary fence and construct a new containment basin behind the backstop.

Hunters feed St. Louis needy with MDC venison donation program: processor clarification

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Although $7 may not seem like a lot of money these days, it can indeed be a lucky number for families in need, thanks to the Share the Harvest Program.

Missouri's firearms deer season runs from Nov. 14 through Nov. 24 this year. As hunters take to the woods, they'll be doing their part to help manage the deer herd. They can also help alleviate hunger in the St. Louis area by sharing their harvest.

Hunter takes 15-point buck with an atlatl in St. Charles County

St. Charles, Mo.—Missouri is a great place to hunt deer. In fact, it's a place that makes it possible to harvest a trophy 15-point buck only four months after taking up one of hunting's most challenging methods.

When Paul Gragg set out to bag a buck with an atlatl, his buddies gave him a hard time. "I heard all the jokes," said Gragg of Defiance. "My friends were all laughing and teasing me about it."

Hunters feed St. Louis needy with MDC venison donation program

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Although $7 may not seem like a lot of money these days, it can indeed be a lucky number for families in need, thanks to the Share the Harvest Program.

MDC says now is the time to defend against invasive bush honeysuckle

St. Louis, Mo.—Everything green is not necessarily good. That especially holds true for bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii). Homeowners who have seen it take over their yards know firsthand the challenges that Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) land managers face to keep the dreaded invasive plant from monopolizing our native habitats. The plant is particularly a problem in the St. Louis region.

The good news is bush honeysuckle's advantage can also be its Achilles heel because now is the best time to fight it.

MDC awards new state champion black hickory tree in St. Louis area

St. Louis, Mo. — As autumn's hidden colors of yellow, red, orange, and purple begin to emerge, autumn is the perfect time to turn our attention to trees. The State Champion Tree Program administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recognizes Missouri's largest native trees by species.

MDC has recently added another tree in the St. Louis area to that distinguished list: a black hickory on private land in Jefferson County. The tree is 78 inches in circumference at 4.5 feet off the ground, 55 feet tall and has a crown of 35 feet wide.

MDC to hold prescribed burn workshop Nov. 7 in Union

UNION, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a prescribed burn workshop, followed by a demonstration burn, on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the East Central College Training Center, 1964 Prairie Dell Road in Union.

This free public workshop is part of MDC's commitment to work with landowners interested in how to safely use prescribed fire to enhance natural communities. It is for anyone interested in learning how to properly utilize controlled burns for the management of grasslands, prairies, woodlands, glades on their land.

Missouri Stream Team helps sponsor River des Peres Trash Bash Oct. 24

St. LOUIS, Mo. – Missouri Stream Team will be pitching in to help put on the thirteenth-annual River des Peres Trash Bash Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their goal is to enhance neighborhoods by helping to improve water quality in the area. Along with Stream Team, four other sponsors are partnering to put on the family friendly event. They include the Great Rivers Greenway District (GRG), the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and the City of St. Louis.

Zombies are Back! — MDC offers unique outdoor survival program

St. Charles, Mo. — It seems you just can't keep a good zombie down. After last year's enormous success, Survival Skills 101: Zombies! returns to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles.

What if there was a zombie apocalypse? Would you be ready? Do you have the skills to survive? Or what if you just found yourself having to spend an unplanned night in the outdoors someday? Either way, MDC naturalist staff can prepare you.

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