Make smart decisions before your timber sale and Call Before You Cut

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It's a pretty good bet that many landowners would benefit from expert advice when it comes to managing their woodlands, especially if they are thinking about harvesting timber. That's because caring for forested property is a long-term proposition where decisions landowners make can have long-term impacts on trees, water and wildlife.

MDC: Firearms deer season opening weekend harvest 97,000+

JEFFERSON CITY Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 97,171 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 14 and 15. Of the 97,171 deer harvested, 53,359 were antlered bucks, 10,320 were button bucks, and 33,492 were does.

Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Texas County with 2,184 deer checked, Howell County with 1,959 and Franklin County with 1,899.

Holiday gifts from MDC keep on giving all year long

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The holiday shopping season is just around the corner, and instead of fighting the crowds, why not shop online. The Missouri Department of Conservation's Nature Shop ( makes shopping online a breeze for anyone interested in finding nature-themed gifts to put under the Christmas tree.

MDC to receive $2.4 million from USDA for wetlands on private land

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo -- This October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will receive $2.4 million for projects that protect, restore, and enhance wetlands in Missouri. The projects will be funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Missouri is one of only six states to receive WREP funding this year.

Young hunters check 14,095 deer during Missouri early youth portion

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that young hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 14,095 deer during Missouri's early youth portion of the 2015 deer hunting season, which ran Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Top counties for the early youth portion were Franklin with 338, Osage with 337, and Howell with 288 deer checked. Last year's harvest total for the early youth portion was 18,091.

Hunters checked 6,158 turkeys during Missouri's fall firearms season

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that hunters checked 6,158 turkeys during Missouri's fall firearms turkey season, which ran Oct. 1 - 31. Last year's fall firearms turkey harvest total was 5,680. Top harvest counties for the 2015 fall firearms turkey season were Dent with 210, Greene with 159, and Franklin with 148.

Fall archery turkey hunting continues until Nov. 13 and then resumes again from Nov. 25 through Jan. 15, 2016.

Order native trees and shrubs from MDC State Nursery

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Native trees, shrubs, and woody vines can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property. The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) George O. White State Nursery near Licking offers Missouri residents a variety of native seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, wildlife food and cover, and other purposes.

O’Fallon angler catches state-record skipjack herring

LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – James Lucas of O'Fallon became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a giant skipjack herring on the Sandy Slough using a rod and reel. Sandy Slough is a Mississippi River backwater area located next to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Sandy Island Conservation Area.

The new "pole and line" record skipjack herring caught by Lucas on Oct. 25 weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces with a length of 18 inches. Lucas used a white marabou Road Runner jig to catch the skipjack.

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.


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