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MDC: Live Christmas trees offer gifts both during and after the holidays

St. Louis, Mo. — A living Christmas tree can be wonderful holiday gift for your home. It's also the perfect gift for nature long after the holidays are over, according to Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Community Forester Mark Grueber.

MDC and partners bring Eagle Days to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Jan. 16-17

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners offer anyone eager to see eagles the chance to discover a close connection with our nation's emblem bird. The Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16 and 17.

Christmas tree from Washington, Mo., lights up the Governor’s lawn

Washington, Mo.—Thousands of people who see and visit the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City this holiday season will admire a magnificent 30-foot Christmas tree from Washington, Mo.

MDC stocks St. Louis lakes with rainbow trout

St. Louis, Mo.—A rainbow in the sky can bring life to even the drabbest of days. But a rainbow on the end of a fishing line can be just the thing to liven up an angler's entire winter.

During winter months, the metro St. Louis area is a great place to fish for trout, thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) winter trout program.

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.

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