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Conservation Commission plants tree to celebrate Arbor Day

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Conservation Commission observed National Arbor Day on Friday, April 29, by planting a tree with several local young conservationists at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) headquarters in Jefferson City. They planted a native yellowwood. This medium-sized tree attracts a variety of pollinators with its 10-14 inch-long clusters of spring-blooming flowers.

Another St. Louis area angler catches a state-record skipjack herring

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Steve Wengler of St. Louis became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a skipjack herring on the Mississippi River using a rod and reel.

O’Fallon angler takes state-record skipjack herring

O’FALLON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that James Lucas of O’Fallon became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he snagged a skipjack herring on the Mississippi River. 

The new “alternative method” record skipjack herring caught by Lucas on April 8 weighed 1 pound, 10-ounces with a length of 16 1/2 inches. This beat the previous state record, which was held by Lucas, by 2 ounces. MDC staff verified the record-weight fish using a certified scale in O’Fallon.

Jefferson City angler catches state-record river redhorse

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Dan Schmitz of Jefferson City became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a river redhorse on Tavern Creek using a rod and reel.

MDC finds new CWD cases during past‐season testing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. ‐‐ The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received final results from its 2015‐2016 fall and winter testing of nearly 7,700 free‐ranging deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Seven were confirmed to be positive for the fatal deer‐disease. Three were from Adair County, two from Macon County, one from Linn County, and one from Franklin County (reported earlier in the year).

Schools win MDC and MoDOT "No MOre Trash!" contest

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – East Elementary in Waynesville, Hermann Middle School, and Cross Keys Middle School in Florissant were the winners of the 2016 "Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free" trashcan-decorating contest. They were among 53 entries from Missouri elementary, middle, and home schools involving more than 775 students who helped fight litter by participating in the annual contest.

Bash trash with MDC and MoDOT Trash Bash!

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state's annual No MOre Trash! Bash, which runs through May 15. The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide, anti-litter campaign.

MDC: Don’t forget your turkey permit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The spring turkey season begins a half hour before sunrise on April 18 and ends May 8. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters not to forget their turkey permit. Permits can be purchased at MDC nature centers, regional offices, and permit vendors across the state, on MDC’s website at mdc.mo.gov/permits, and even on the mobile MO Hunting app, found in the app store.

New Great Missouri Birding Trail website takes flight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages beginner and seasoned birders to discover nature by exploring the “best of the best” places to birdwatch around Missouri. Finding them is as easy as going online to the new website, Great Missouri Birding Trail, at www.greatmissouribirdingtrail.com.

Cape Fair angler catches state-record white bass

STONE COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports James Wright of Cape Fair became the most recent record-setting angler in Missouri when he hooked a white bass on Table Rock Lake on a trotline. The new “alternative method” record white bass caught by Wright on April 6 weighed 3-pounds, 4-ounces with a length of 18 3/4 inches. Wright was using shad for bait to try to catch catfish, but instead he caught a state-record white bass.

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