Black bear

Black Bear Management in Missouri

MDC Wants to Hear From You.

Missouri’s black bear population is growing and expanding. Bears sightings are becoming more common and widespread.

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Show Me Strong

Guiding principles to Missouri's recovery plan.

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Teacher Portal

Discover Nature Schools

Explore the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program. Review grant opportunities, free teacher workshops, and other conservation-related classroom resources and programs.  


MO Outdoors App

Download maps and find nearby Conservation Areas, Accesses, Offices, and Nature Centers

Eastern Redbud


Spring Trees

Spring bloom starts in southern Missouri in March and travels north.

Ground fire spreading.

Learn to Prevent and Control Fire

Spring Wildfire Danger

High winds increase the threat of wildfire to habitat, homes, and communities.

Covid-19 virus

Read the latest responses and actions taken by MDC during the COVID-19 pandemic.

bull elk at Peck Ranch

Read about the new elk permit application process, and sumbit an application between May 1 and May 31. 


Crappie are common in most of Missouri's large reservoirs, rivers, and streams, as well as many smaller public and private ponds.

Deer Hunting

To submit your qualifying property, visit the permit website and click on the Landowner Permit Application button.