MDC reminds people that a fed bear is a dead bear

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As summer turns to fall, Missouri's estimated 350 native black bears prepare for their annual hibernation -- and finding food is their main focus. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people to "Be Bear Aware" by not feeding bears and not providing potential sources of food.

MDC encourages deer hunters to Share the Harvest

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages deer hunters around the state to share their harvest through the state’s Share the Harvest program. Administered by MDC and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM), Share the Harvest coordinates the efforts of thousands of deer hunters, about 100 participating meat processors, numerous local supporting organizations, and a handful of statewide sponsors.

MDC, Arbor Day Foundation, and communities celebrate 40 years of Tree City USA in Missouri

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- For the last four decades, people who live in Tree City USA communities have enjoyed the benefits of having greener, healthier places to live. In Missouri, that includes 88 communities representing almost 43 percent of the state’s population.

Tree City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and administered in this state by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

MDC reminds hunters of Hunter Ed requirement to buy firearms hunting permits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters they must show proof of their Hunter Education certification number to buy firearms hunting permits if their certification number is not already in the Department’s permits system.

A hunter education course is required for hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1967 who hunt with firearms. Proof of certification from any state is acceptable.

MDC holding auction Oct. 15 in Salem

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a public auction of various used Department vehicles and equipment on Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at 10 a.m. at its Salem Maintenance Center located at the junction of Highway 72 and Highway 32. The auction will include boats, outboard motors, tractors, trailers, farm equipment, and vehicles.

Conservation Commission gives initial approval on MDC changes to smallmouth and rock bass regulations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At its Aug. 26 meeting in Columbia, the Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval of proposed regulation changes by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) related to smallmouth bass and rock bass, also called goggle-eye.  

The proposed regulation changes create a standard 15-inch minimum length limit for smallmouth bass and a daily limit of one for all Smallmouth Bass Special Management areas. They also expand these areas on the Big Piney, Jacks Fork, Big, and Meramec rivers.

MDC Telecheck has new questions on deer and turkey harvests

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer and turkey hunters to know that its Telecheck system for reporting harvests will ask some new questions this fall and winter when hunters check their game.

MDC is searching for large Christmas tree for governor’s mansion. Have one?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is conducting its annual search for a large Christmas tree for use on the governor's mansion lawn in Jefferson City. MDC is asking landowners, homeowners, businesses, and communities that may have possible candidate trees to contact the Department. All entries must be submitted by Sept. 30.

To qualify, the donated tree must be about 40 feet tall and either an eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine. Candidate trees must be fully branched on all sides and accessible by large equipment.

MDC names Birch Tree man State Logger of the Year

BIRCH TREE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Tom Martin of Birch Tree on being named Missouri’s State Logger of the Year for 2016! Martin was also named the regional logger of the year for the Ozark Region.

He has been a contract logger for Smith Flooring for almost a quarter century and has worked on private, state, and federal-land timber sales across the Ozarks. Martin works by himself, cutting, skidding and hauling timber.

Conservation agents work to stop wildlife trafficking

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are working together to stop wildlife trafficking. Wildlife trafficking consists of poaching or taking of a protected or managed species to sell for profit. This includes buying or selling living or dead animal parts such as bones, skins, meat, and other products in violation of state or federal laws.


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