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MDC Telecheck has new questions on deer and turkey harvests

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer and turkey hunters to know that its Telecheck system for reporting harvests will ask some new questions this fall and winter when hunters check their game.

MDC is searching for large Christmas tree for governor’s mansion. Have one?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is conducting its annual search for a large Christmas tree for use on the governor's mansion lawn in Jefferson City. MDC is asking landowners, homeowners, businesses, and communities that may have possible candidate trees to contact the Department. All entries must be submitted by Sept. 30.

To qualify, the donated tree must be about 40 feet tall and either an eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine. Candidate trees must be fully branched on all sides and accessible by large equipment.

MDC names Birch Tree man State Logger of the Year

BIRCH TREE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Tom Martin of Birch Tree on being named Missouri’s State Logger of the Year for 2016! Martin was also named the regional logger of the year for the Ozark Region.

He has been a contract logger for Smith Flooring for almost a quarter century and has worked on private, state, and federal-land timber sales across the Ozarks. Martin works by himself, cutting, skidding and hauling timber.

Conservation agents work to stop wildlife trafficking

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are working together to stop wildlife trafficking. Wildlife trafficking consists of poaching or taking of a protected or managed species to sell for profit. This includes buying or selling living or dead animal parts such as bones, skins, meat, and other products in violation of state or federal laws.

Buy permits and more through MDC free fishing app: MO Fishing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a name change and new features to its free mobile fishing app. With the updated app, previously named Find MO Fish and now called MO Fishing, users can:

MO Hunting users need to update app to Telecheck game

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri deer and turkey hunters who use the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) MO Hunting free mobile app need to perform an update to Telecheck their harvests. The update will also provide the most current regulation and data information.

MDC Wild Webcast: Be Bear Aware

Black bears are one of Missouri's largest animals. Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Bear Biologist Jeff Beringer gets up close and personal with bears almost on a daily basis. Beringer's job consists of trapping, collaring, examining, and conducting research on Missouri's black bears. Listen to what Beringer and other MDC staff have to say about Missouri's black bears during MDC's free mid-afternoon Wild Webcast.

MDC reminds hunters of deer and turkey regulation changes for fall

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds deer and turkey hunters of regulation changes that apply to hunting this fall.

Crossbows have been added as a legal method during archery deer and turkey seasons and also during the fall firearms turkey season. As a result, MDC has removed the “hunting method exemption” requirement for hunters to use crossbows during the archery deer season. The regulation change will provide additional hunting opportunities for young hunters and help prolong hunting activities for older participants.

MDC waterfowl reservations open Sept. 1

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds waterfowl hunters they have from Sept. 1 through Sept. 18 to apply online with MDC to hunt on 12 wetland areas intensively managed by the Department for waterfowl. The reservation system allocates half of the available hunting opportunities on these areas for Missouri residents chosen through a random drawing. The other half are for walk-in hunters who draw on-site each morning for the remaining spots, also known as the "poor line."

Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Starts in September

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters that dove, snipe, and rail hunting in Missouri starts Sept. 1 with teal hunting opening Sept. 10 and woodcock hunting opening Oct. 15.

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