MDC: Remedy for fishing fever is March 1 trout opener

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the wintery season winds down, anglers throughout the Show-Me State are beginning to show some signs of trout fever. Symptoms include: tying flies, putting new fishing line on reels, checking waders for holes, and practicing casting. Most anglers who get trout fever get rid of it by doing one thing—visiting one of Missouri's four trout parks to participate in the catch-and-keep trout season.

MDC: Help prevent wildfires!

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people that a combination of strong winds, low humidity, dry conditions, and warming temperatures this time of year has the potential for unexpected wildfires. According to MDC's Forestry Division, the main cause of wildfires is improper burning of debris such as trash and brush piles.

Each year, MDC staff work with fire departments around the state to help put out numerous wildfires that can consume thousands of acres.

MDC offices, nature centers, and shooting ranges closed for holidays

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people that the state agency's offices, nature center buildings, interpretative center buildings, and staffed shooting ranges will be closed on the following upcoming 2016 holidays:

MDC proposes banning hog hunting on conservation areas

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At its meeting on Jan. 22, the Missouri Conservation Commission voiced initial approval for recommended changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that would prohibit the hunting of feral hogs on lands owned, leased, or managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

Out-of-state angler catches Missouri state-record gizzard shad

VERNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that angler Shane Doherty of Fort Scott, KS, set the first fishing state-record of 2016 by catching a 2-pound-2-ounce gizzard shad measuring 19 and 13/16 inches. Doherty caught the fish by pole and line on Jan. 8 at a private strip pit in Vernon County. The previous pole-and-line record for gizzard shad was 1-pound, 14 ounces set in 2015.

Missouri deer-hunting seasons end with harvest of nearly 280,000

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri's 2015-2016 deer-hunting seasons ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 279,401 deer. Top counties for the overall season were Texas with 5,812 deer harvested, Franklin with 5,463, and Howell with 5,440. Hunters harvested 258,341 deer during the 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons.

MDC invites duck hunters to workshops on season dates and zones

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to upcoming public workshops where Department staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2017-2020 hunting seasons. Participants will have the opportunity to review long-term data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, and hunter opinions, and to discuss season date and zone preferences with other hunters and MDC staff.

Apply online for MDC spring managed turkey hunts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri youth, archery, and firearms turkey hunters can apply online for 2016 spring turkey managed hunts between Jan. 8 and Feb. 29 through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will be available March 14.

Spring turkey hunting youth weekend will be April 9-10 with the regular spring season running April 18 - May 8.

MDC Notable News from 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In looking back, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) notes that 2015 was a year of animal oddities, record catches, wet-weather woes, significant hunting happenings, community conservation efforts, funding for partnerships with private landowners, and congratulations on conservation achievements to many Missourians. Here is a recap of notable news for 2015 from MDC. For more information on specific topics, visit



MDC and MoDOT invite schools to fight litter through “No MOre Trash!” contest

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invite Missouri public, private, and home-school students in grades K-8 to help fight litter in the Show-Me State -- and to have creative and educational fun -- by participating in the 2016 "Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free" trash-can-decorating contest.


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