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MDC holding workshop TONIGHT on duck season dates and zones at Powder Valley Nature Center

KIRKWOOD, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to a workshop this evening where Department staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2017-2020 hunting seasons. The workshop takes place at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Connect to MDC Jay Henges Shooting Range with a text

HIGH RIDGE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) connects people to nature . . . through technology. MDC's Jay Henges Shooting Range now offers text alerts to help subscribers keep up to date with all the happenings and programs at the range.

"The plan is to send out about four-to-six text reminders a month. We will also use texting to notify shooters of unexpected weather or other closures," said MDC Jay Henges Shooting Range and Education Center Supervisor Tony Legg.

Henges Shooting Range holds antler scoring event Feb. 21

St. LOUIS, MO.—How does this rack stack up? It's a question many hunters ask when admiring the antlers from a proudly- harvested buck. The Deer Antler Scoring event at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center Sunday, Feb. 21 can provide the answer.

MDC to hold pond management workshop in New Haven Feb. 25

NEW HAVEN, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Pond Management Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at New Haven Farm and Feed in New Haven. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advanced registration is required. Dinner will be included with the workshop.
The Pond Management Workshop will be facilitated by MDC fisheries biologists and private land conservationists. It will offer practical information for landowners wishing to construct, manage or stock fish in ponds on their property.

MDC offers advanced orienteering class at Weldon Spring Conservation Area

St. Charles, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is giving advanced hikers the chance to take their skills to the next level on an outdoor adventure at Weldon Spring Conservation Area in St. Charles. The area borders the Missouri River and consists of over 7,000 acres of steep, forested river bluffs and deep hollows.

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center hosts Ozark Trail Adventure Workshop Feb. 6

KIRKWOOD, Mo.—The Ozark Trail is 350 miles of outdoor Missouri at its finest. The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC's) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is hosting an opportunity for the public to learn more about this unique natural and recreational resource.

MDC hosts Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival Feb. 6

St. Louis, Mo. — The Maple Sugar Festival at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Rockwoods Reservation offers visitors the chance to discover nature at its most delicious.

The 2016 Maple Sugar Festival takes place Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to the whole family at no cost. No reservations are necessary. Parking will be available on-site, and off-site with shuttle bus service at the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood campus, 2645 Generations Drive.

Eagle watching event at Columbia Bottom canceled due to area closure

SPANISH LAKE, Mo.— Due to extensive flood damage to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, the Eagle Days events planned there for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17, have been canceled.

The levee at Columbia Bottom was breached during the late-December floods and the area was inundated with water, which left the main asphalt road and other parts of the area with severe damage. There was also a significant of silt and mud deposited. Columbia Bottom will be closed to the public until further notice for clean-up and repairs.

MDC seeks info about poached bull elk found at Current River

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a dead bull elk recently found along the Current River in Shannon County and asks the public to report any related information to the Department's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

According to MDC preliminary information, the elk appears to have been shot and the skull plate and antlers were removed with a chainsaw. The rest of the carcass was left intact.

Henges Shooting Range, Columbia Bottom closed due to flooding: MDC urges caution near rivers and streams

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in High Ridge is now closed due to hazardous road conditions along I-44. MDC's Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake and Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area in St. Charles County were also closed earlier this week because of flooded conditions on those areas. The visitor center at Columbia Bottom is still open for the time being.

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