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Telecheck your bear, deer, elk, or turkey
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Bear

You have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check your bear. Bear can be field-dressed or quartered with evidence of sex retained prior to being Telechecked. You can transport unchecked bear within the state as long as the permit is attached to the bear or with the hunter so long as the hunter is with the bear.

Get more information on how to telecheck you bear.

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Deer

You have until 10 p.m. on the day taken to check your deer. When you Telecheck your deer, you will be asked a few short questions based on whether you are checking a doe or an antlered buck. The illustrations below show how to gather the measurements you will need. These measurements will help biologists gather information on the ages of deer harvested.

Get more information on how to telecheck you deer.

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Elk

You have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check your elk. Elk can be field-dressed or quartered with evidence of sex retained prior to being Telechecked. You can transport unchecked elk within the state as long as the permit is attached to the leg or with the hunter so long as the hunter is with the elk. 

Get more information on how to telecheck your elk.

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Turkey

You have until 10 p.m. on the day taken to check your turkey. During checking, hunters will be asked the age and sex of their turkey. Monitoring the age and sex of harvested turkeys provides a valuable measure of the fall harvest. Hunters may also submit feathers as part of a research project.

Get more information on how to telecheck your turkey.

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Recreation
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Landowners
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MDC created the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) to increase outdoor recreational opportunities on private land. Under this program, MDC provides annual incentive payments to private landowners who open their land for public recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

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Habitat Hints

Get valuable information to improve habitat on your property.

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Alternatives to doing business in person with MDC.

Rather than travel to an MDC location, consider the following online options.

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Hunting & Fishing Permits

Buy permits online and apply for landowner permits online.
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Online Hunter Education

Take the skills portion online, or Missouri residents 16 years of age and older can complete the entire program online.

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Virtual Programs

Attend a variety of programs virtually from the comfort of your home.
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Watch a Commission Meeting

The Conservation Commission offers live streaming of all commission meetings to make it easier to learn about key conservation topics.
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Online Nature Shop

Purchase for-sale publications and the natural events calendar. 
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Magazine Subscriptions

Subscribe to receive the Missouri Conservationist and Xplor magazines in your mailbox or via email.

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MDC Public Contacts

Talk with a conservation agent, biologist, forester, or other public contact.
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Xplor reconnects kids to nature and helps them find adventure in their own backyard. Free to residents of Missouri.

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