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MDC reports busy winter trapping feral hogs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists on the Department's feral hog strike team have tallied up numbers for the first quarter of 2016. The first three months of the year yielded a total of 955 hogs trapped by MDC, partner agencies, and private landowners. This is a 23-percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2015, when 777 hogs were trapped.

MDC Wild Webcast: Talkin' Hogs

In Missouri, feral hogs are an unwanted pest. Did you know their quickly growing numbers are causing more and more damage to native wildlife -- and to private, public, and agricultural lands?

Join our new MDC Wild Webcast: Talkin' Hogs on Wednesday, April 6, from noon to 1 p.m. from the comfort of your computer or mobile device.

The webcast will feature a short presentation by MDC wildlife experts and then be open to participant questions on feral hogs.

MDC encourages celebrating Missouri trees during Arbor Days in April

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests during Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care.

Missouri Arbor Day is Friday, April 1. Missouri has been observing the state's official Arbor Day on the first Friday in April since 1886 when the General Assembly declared that day be set aside for the appreciation and planting of trees. National Arbor Day is recognized on the last Friday of April, which is April 29 for 2016.

MDC: Spring turkey season looks good for hunters

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri turkey hunters can expect a good spring season overall according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 9-10. The regular spring season runs April 18 through May 8.

Although turkey abundance in most of the state remains below the peak that occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s, turkey numbers in many areas have begun to rebound from the poor hatches that plagued the population from 2007-2010.

BIRD LOVERS: Volunteer to help MDC with breeding bird survey

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Calling all birders and other bird-lovers in Missouri! The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) needs volunteers to help with the 2016 North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) in June. The BBS is a long-term, large-scale, international bird monitoring program that started in 1966 to track the status and trends of North American bird populations.

Missouri survey routes in need of volunteers are in or around: Auburn, Cassville, Diamond, Dover, Elmo, Emden, Frankford, Kennett, Pineville, Pulaski, and Reeds.

MO Hunting app users will need to update it starting March 15

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hunters, anglers, and trappers in Missouri who use the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) "MO Hunting" free mobile app will need to perform an update starting March 15. Both Apple and Android users will need to install the update to continue to be able to purchase permits and use all other functions of the app. If users do not perform the updates to their iOS or Android app, they will be limited to permit information previously downloaded to their mobile device.

MDC permits will have new look starting March 15

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hunters, anglers, and trappers in Missouri have been buying permits online through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website since 2011 and through the free MDC "MO Hunting" mobile app since 2014. Retail stores, convenience stores, and other places that sell permits will catch up to this online technology starting March 15.

Share the Harvest gives nearly quarter-million pounds of venison to feed the hungry

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — More than 4,500 deer hunters donated nearly a quarter-million pounds of venison (228,306 pounds) from last season's deer harvest to the state's Share the Harvest program. The donated deer meat will help feed hungry Missourians all around the state.

MDC: Time to renew fishing, hunting permits and get 2016 booklets

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds anglers and hunters that annual resident and nonresident fishing permits, resident hunting and fishing permits, and resident small-game hunting and fishing permits purchased in 2015 expire at the end of February.

Snaggers get ready! Paddlefish season opens March 15

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s annual spring paddlefish snagging season is a popular pastime for thousands of anglers. The state’s major paddlefish snagging waters include Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake, and Table Rock Lake with the season running March 15 through April 30. The season for the Mississippi River is March 15 through May 15 with a fall season of Sept. 15 through Dec. 15.

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