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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 http://mdc.mo.gov/node/11252. 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.mo.gov.

 

ANIMAL ODDITIES

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.

Young hunters check 2,520 deer during Missouri late youth portion

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young deer hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 2,520 deer during Missouri's late youth portion of the 2015-2016 deer hunting season, which ran Jan. 2-3. Last year's late youth portion harvest total was 1,123.

Hunters harvest 11,061 deer during MO alternative-methods portion

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 11,061 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the 2015-2016 Missouri deer-hunting season, which ran Dec. 19-29. Of the total harvest, 2,994 were antlered bucks, 1,594 button bucks, and 6,473 does. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 260 deer harvested, Howell with 247, and Texas with 235.

MDC proposes new regulations for CWD management zones

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At its meeting on Dec. 11, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations for regulation changes to help limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The disease has been found in free-ranging deer from Adair, Cole, Macon, and, most recently, Franklin counties.

The proposed regulations would require mandatory sampling and testing for CWD of harvested deer taken in MDC's CWD management zones during the opening weekend of the November portion of the 2016 fall firearms deer season, Nov. 12 and 13.

MDC sets turkey and deer hunting dates and regulation changes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At its meeting on Dec. 11, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the 2016-2017 deer-hunting season and the 2016 turkey-hunting seasons. The recommendations include turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates, changes to turkey-hunting allowed methods, and changes to the deer-hunting season structure and allowed methods.

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