JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering free workshops in August and September to help landowners, hunters and others manage private land for deer. Workshop topics will include: creating or improving habitat for deer and other wildlife; developing a deer-management plan; estimating deer numbers, ages and how many deer land can support; using camera surveys and other data; deer biology, antler growth and breeding behavior; MDC cost-share opportunities, and more.
“Missouri is a great place to hunt deer and private landowners are the key,” says MDC Resource Scientist and Deer Biologist Emily Flinn. “More than 90 percent of land in Missouri is privately owned, so we work with and for private landowners to help them create and manage their land for deer. Managing private land for deer also benefits a variety of other wildlife.”
Flinn adds that deer hunting contributes approximately $1.1 billion annually to the state and local economies and supports more than 12,000 jobs in Missouri.
She urges landowners, hunters and others to attend one of the following free deer management workshops. Registration is required.
SPRINGFIELD -- Aug. 11, 8 a.m. - noon
MDC Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way
To register, call 417-895-6880.
COLUMBIA -- Aug. 18, 8 a.m. - noon
University of Missouri Bradford Research & Extension Center, 4968 Rangeline Road
To register, call 573-875-5540 ext. 3.
ST. JOSEPH -- Sept. 8, noon - 4 p.m.
Missouri Western State University Kemper Recital Hall in Spratt Hall, 4525 Downs Drive
To register, call 816-271-3100.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sept. 12, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
MDC Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive
To register, call 573-290-5218.
ST. LOUIS -- Sept. 22, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (lunch provided)
MDC Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood.
To register, call 636-528-4877 x3.
For more information on managing private land for deer and other wildlife, visit mdc.mo.gov and search “deer management” or contact a local MDC office.