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MDC names new deputy directors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces changes to its leadership team with the Nov. 1 appointments of Jennifer Battson Warren to the position of Deputy Director–Business and Aaron Jeffries to the position of Deputy Director–Outreach and Policy.

MDC stocks urban lakes for winter trout fishing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is stocking more than 70,000 rainbow trout in 31 urban-area lakes around the state for winter trout fishing beginning Nov. 1.

In addition to catch-and-release fishing through Jan. 31, many of these areas allow anglers to harvest trout as soon as they are stocked. Others allow catch-and-keep fishing as early as Feb. 1.

MDC encourages people to help prevent wildfires

JEFFERSON CITY Mo -- The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Forestry Division reminds people that a combination of low humidity and dry conditions this time of year can create an environment favorable to dangerous wildfires. Each year, MDC staff work with fire departments around the state to help suppress thousands of wildfires that can consume tens-of-thousands of acres.

MDC expands pheasant hunting to statewide

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters that it has expanded pheasant hunting in Missouri from only the northern half of the state and a portion of the southeast to statewide starting with this year's fall hunting season.

MDC: Waterfowl hunting looking good by the numbers, but habitat and weather are wild cards

JEFFERSON CITY MO. – While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates the number of North American ducks to be at a record high of 49.5 million for fall hunting, experts with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) caution that local habitat conditions, weather, and migration timing will be the main factors affecting Missouri's upcoming 60-day duck season.

MDC adds eight new conservation agents

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently added eight new agents. The conservation agent class of 2015 graduated during a special ceremony at the Department's Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City on Wednesday, Sept. 30. During the graduation, the new agents were pinned with a badge by their families and also took the oath to become conservation agents.

MDC: turkey production about average, fall hunting prospects vary regionally

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) annual wild-turkey brood-survey shows mixed results for fall turkey hunting prospects. According to MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle, statewide turkey production in 2015 was lower than last year, but similar to the five-year average.

MDC offers expert insights on fall deer hunting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With deer hunters gearing up for fall hunting, experts with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offer their insights on Missouri deer numbers and factors that can impact fall deer hunting.

MDC offers free “Field to Freezer” classes on processing deer

JEFFERSON CITY Mo. – With archery deer hunting here and firearms deer hunting coming up, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering free "Field to Freezer" classes on how to process the popular game animal. Classes use harvested deer for demonstrations of techniques for field dressing, preparing the deer for a taxidermist, and cutting and packaging the venison for the freezer, along with regulations, supplies needed, and tips on transporting.

ST. LOUIS

Kansas City fisherman sets new state record with flathead catfish

CLAY COUNTY, Mo. – Mathew McConkey of Kansas City became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he caught his giant flathead catfish on the Missouri River using a trotline. The new "alternative methods" record flathead catfish caught by McConkey on Sept. 19 weighed 100 pounds and was 57-inches long. He caught the fish around 10:30 a.m. on a four-inch goldfish.

"Once I grabbed the line I knew right away that I had big one," McConkey said. "The giant moved my 17-foot Lowe boat around like it was nothing."

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