Discover nature with MDC at Catfish Camp Aug. 6-7

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for an exciting catfishing experience on the Mississippi River. MDC invites families to discover nature at a free, two-day catfish camp. The event begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Ted Shanks Conservation Area with presentations on catfish biology, regulations, and fishing. Participants will spend Saturday evening on the river setting lines and will check the lines Sunday morning. Camping and pole-and-line fishing will be available Saturday evening for those interested.

MDC seeks public input on Dupont Reservation and Edward Anderson Conservation Areas

HANNIBAL, Mo.— The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. Currently, the Department requests input on Dupont Reservation and Edward Anderson conservation areas in Pike and Ralls counties.  

DRAFT Shelby County Conservation Areas Management Plan

These areas provide compatible outdoor recreational activities including hunting and fishing. Conservation areas included in this plan are Arrow-Wood Conservation Area, Fed Bollow Conservation Area, and Pin Oak Conservation Area.

DRAFT Anderson and DuPont Reservation Conservation Areas Management Plan

This plan includes both Edward Anderson Conservation Area (1,046 acres) & DuPont Reservation Conservation Area (1,320 acres) in Ralls and Pike Counties. These areas provide for multiple public uses and for conserving and managing the areas’ natural resources

2017 Spring Creek Watershed Priority Geography Public Land Management Plan

The Spring Creek Watershed Priority Geography Public Land includes the Dark Hollow Natural Area (315 acres), Morris Prairie Conservation Area (167 acres), Shoemaker Conservation Area (259 acres) and Union Ridge Conservation Area (8,111).

MDC hosts free frogging clinic in northeast Missouri

HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites youth and families to attend a free frogging clinic July 8 at Ted Shanks Conservation Area near Ashburn. 

As part of the MDC’s Discover Nature – Fishing program, this frogging clinic will help people of all ages learn about Missouri’s native frogs, and various methods of catching them.  

MDC offers landowners payment for public use of land

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a new program to increase public access to private lands for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) provides incentive payments to private landowners who volunteer to open their properties to the public for these types of outdoor activities. Additional incentives are also available to enhance wildlife habitat on enrolled lands.

MDC helps grow new generation of turkey hunters, conservationists

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) helped a new generation of turkey hunters discover the joys of the hunt over the weekend.  A mentored hunt in northeast Missouri ensured plenty of opportunities for interested youth to learn from some of the state’s leading turkey experts. 

MDC invites women to discover nature at summer workshop May 13-15

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to discover nature at a summer workshop this May.  The weekend workshop will take place May 13 – 15 at Mark Twain Lake’s Bourdreaux Visitor Center, located at 21629 Missouri Highway J, near Perry. 

MDC to hold youth turkey clinic, hunt in Clark Co. April 8 – 9

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a free youth turkey hunting clinic on Friday, April 8, followed by a guided hunt on Saturday, April 9. The clinic will take place from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Fox River Gun Club in Kahoka.

The clinic, designed for first-time turkey hunters, ages 11 – 15 years, will teach turkey hunting basics, such as:


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