Statewide

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.

MDC: Conservation and agriculture groups partner against feral hogs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has partnered with other conservation groups, agriculture organizations, and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) to provide the state's feral hog strike team with more trapping equipment and increase feral hog communications to the public.

MDC and NRCS offer funding for wetlands on private land in Missouri

JEFFERSON City, Mo. – Landowners in Missouri can enhance wildlife habitat and water quality on their existing wetland easements through new funding from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

MoNASP state archery tournament is March 18-19

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – About 1,400 student archers from schools around the state will compete at the Missouri National Archery in Schools Program (MoNASP) eighth annual state tournament on March 18-19 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The public is welcome to attend to support the participants.

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).

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