MDC: Girls discover nature at Camp SEMO

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Thirty-eight girls from across southeast Missouri took part in the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Discover Nature Girls Camp this week at Camp SEMO at Wappapello Lake. According to the camp organizer, Conservation Agent Christa Cox, the camp was a free, three-day, two-night experience aimed at introducing girls ages 11 to 15 to outdoor skills in a supportive learning environment.

Conservation Commission names Tom Draper MDC Interim Director

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Conservation Commission has named Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Deputy Director Tom Draper as interim director of the state conservation agency effective July 16. The temporary appointment comes after the announcement in early June that MDC Director Robert Ziehmer is stepping down as agency director effective July 15 to continue his conservation career through a new endeavor in the private sector.

Commission approves hog-hunting ban on MDC lands

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At its meeting on June 24, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that would prohibit the hunting of feral hogs on conservation areas and other lands owned, leased, or managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The new regulation prohibiting hog hunting on MDC areas does not apply to private property.

MDC managed deer hunt online application opens July 1

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Beginning July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state for archery, muzzleloading, and modern firearms from mid-September through mid-January at conservation areas, state and other parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public areas. Some managed hunts are held specifically for youth or for people with disabilities.

MDC Wild Webcast: The Buzz About Pollinators -- June 21

We can’t survive without plant pollinators, such as butterflies, bees, and birds. They are essential to producing foods we eat and food and shelter wildlife needs. And they are in trouble! Monarch butterflies and the milkweed they need to survive are in serious decline. Bees are also facing drastic declines.

Missouri frogging season begins June 30 at sunset

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to discover nature this summer -- and one fun and exciting way is through frogging. Frogging season begins June 30 at sunset and ends Oct. 31. Missouri has two frog species that are legal game — bullfrog and green frog. Bullfrogs are larger and therefore more sought-after.

Everton angler catches state-record white crappie

DADE COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Colby Conn of Everton became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a white crappie on Stockton Lake on a trotline. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Conn on May 21 weighed 1-pound, 5-ounces with a length of 14 5/16 inches. Conn’s recent catch broke the previous state-record of a 12-ounce white crappie caught on a trotline in 1993.

Missouri Department of Conservation Director Robert L. Ziehmer Announces Resignation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that Director Robert L.  Ziehmer is stepping down as director effective July 15, 2016. 

“It is with mixed emotions that I am resigning from my position as director,” Ziehmer said. “My decision to leave was not easy. The many years I have spent with the Department have been both professionally challenging and rewarding.  However, I am excited about continuing my conservation career through a new endeavor in the private sector.”

Warsaw angler catches state-record spotted bass

WARSAW, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Jason Reynolds of Warsaw became the most recent record-setting angler in Missouri when he hooked a spotted bass on Truman Lake on a jug line. The new “alternative method” record spotted bass, caught by Reynolds on May 11 weighed 2-pounds, 11-ounces with a length of 17 1/2 inches. Reynolds was using bluegill for bait to try to catch catfish, but instead caught a state-record spotted bass.

MoNASP student archers score at NASP national archery tournament

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The National Archery in the Schools (NASP) National Tournament and NASP International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) 3D Challenge were held May 12-14 in Louisville, Ky. More than 12,800 student archers in grades 4-12 from 804 schools competed – including 841 Missouri students from 51 schools.


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