MDC offers Women's Basic Firearms workshop Oct. 22

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to attend a free workshop on the basics of firearms and shooting. The program will take place Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fort Chariton, 26826 Yarrow Trail, and the shooting range at Sugar Creek Conservation Area, southwest of Kirksville. 

MDC will offer training on handguns, shotguns, and rifles, with plenty of shooting practice built into the courses. Students will learn about firearms parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, and shooting fundamentals. 

MDC invites families to National Hunting and Fishing Day event Sept. 24 in Knox County

KNOX COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids and families to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 24, at Henry Sever Lake Conservation Area near Newark. 

Free activities, educational booths, and live demonstrations by MDC staff will take place from 1 – 5 p.m. Fishing poles and bait will be provided, as well as archery and telemetry stations, and interactive presentations on snakes, mammals, and turkeys. 

Quail Forever and the National Wild Turkey Foundation will provide door prizes and additional activities. 

MDC offers cable restraint certification class in Kirksville Sept. 3

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a cable restraint training certification class 9 a.m. – noon on Sept. 3 at MDC’s Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore Street, in Kirksville.

Cable restraint devices offer trappers an effective means of catching furbearers (primarily coyotes). Their non-lethal design also provides a benefit to trappers when they accidentally catch non-target species.

MDC seeks public input on Sugar Creek and Montgomery Woods Conservation Areas

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. A draft management plan for Sugar Creek and Montgomery Woods conservation areas is available for public review through Aug. 31. To preview this draft management plan and share comments online, visit

MDC hosts WET workshop for teachers in Hannibal

HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with Missouri State University, will host a Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) workshop in Hannibal, 8965 Highway 36, Suite 1, on July 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Project WET is an environmental education program designed for children from kindergarten through grade 12. The Project WET workshop will provide interdisciplinary instructional activities for teachers, natural resource professionals, park and nature center staff, and youth group leaders.


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