Conservation Commission names Sara Parker Pauley as Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Conservation Commission has selected Sara Parker Pauley as the ninth director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), effective Nov. 1, 2016.

MDC Wild Webcast: The Fight Against Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a deadly deer disease that has been found in northeast, central, and east-central Missouri. CWD has the potential to greatly reduce deer numbers, deer health, and deer hunting in Missouri. CWD could also hurt the many Missouri families and businesses that rely on deer hunting.

Get duck hunting info from MDC waterfowl digest

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) provides detailed information on Missouri waterfowl hunting in its 2016-2017 Waterfowl Hunting Digest, available where permits are sold and online at

Changes for the upcoming season include 21 more days of Canada goose hunting with all regular goose seasons opening on the same day, Nov. 11, and closing on the same day, Feb. 6, 2017. Also, the Light Goose Conservation Order will begin on Feb. 7, 2017, instead of Feb. 1.

Discover nature with MDC through fall-color fun

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As the heat of summer fades to the cool weather of fall, trees and shrubs around the Show-Me State transform from leaves of green to a fall-foliage color palette of golds, reds, oranges, and purples. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to discover nature through fall-color adventures.

“People can travel anywhere in Missouri and find a variety of trees that show off a fantastic array of color in the fall,” said MDC Resource Forester Cory Gregg.

Gregg explained that leaves turn colors when two things happen.

MDC reminds people that a fed bear is a dead bear

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As summer turns to fall, Missouri's estimated 350 native black bears prepare for their annual hibernation -- and finding food is their main focus. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people to "Be Bear Aware" by not feeding bears and not providing potential sources of food.

MDC encourages deer hunters to Share the Harvest

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages deer hunters around the state to share their harvest through the state’s Share the Harvest program. Administered by MDC and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM), Share the Harvest coordinates the efforts of thousands of deer hunters, about 100 participating meat processors, numerous local supporting organizations, and a handful of statewide sponsors.

MDC, Arbor Day Foundation, and communities celebrate 40 years of Tree City USA in Missouri

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- For the last four decades, people who live in Tree City USA communities have enjoyed the benefits of having greener, healthier places to live. In Missouri, that includes 88 communities representing almost 43 percent of the state’s population.

Tree City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and administered in this state by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

MDC reminds hunters of Hunter Ed requirement to buy firearms hunting permits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters they must show proof of their Hunter Education certification number to buy firearms hunting permits if their certification number is not already in the Department’s permits system.

A hunter education course is required for hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1967 who hunt with firearms. Proof of certification from any state is acceptable.

MDC holding auction Oct. 15 in Salem

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a public auction of various used Department vehicles and equipment on Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at 10 a.m. at its Salem Maintenance Center located at the junction of Highway 72 and Highway 32. The auction will include boats, outboard motors, tractors, trailers, farm equipment, and vehicles.

Conservation Commission gives initial approval on MDC changes to smallmouth and rock bass regulations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At its Aug. 26 meeting in Columbia, the Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval of proposed regulation changes by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) related to smallmouth bass and rock bass, also called goggle-eye.  

The proposed regulation changes create a standard 15-inch minimum length limit for smallmouth bass and a daily limit of one for all Smallmouth Bass Special Management areas. They also expand these areas on the Big Piney, Jacks Fork, Big, and Meramec rivers.


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