Five year Missouri poaching case against 46 ends in Federal Court

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently wrapped up a major special investigation involving 46 individuals that began in 2008. Operation “Pulling Wool” came to a close on April 25 with a final conviction in Federal Court. The last defendant charged in the operation was found guilty by a United States Magistrate in Cape Girardeau.

Discover nature at Twin Pines Heritage Day on April 13

WINONA, Mo -- The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Twin Pines Conservation Education Center will host its 6th Annual Heritage Day on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help Missourians discover nature and a bit about the Ozarks way of life. The day’s events include demonstrations, music, and an old fashioned fish fry.

Refuge portion of Peck Ranch CA closed until July

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will close the refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area to turkey hunting to permit the third stage of the Department’s elk restoration project. Hunters who normally hunt on the area’s wildlife refuge portion will need to make alternate plans for the 2013 spring turkey season. The refuge will be closed from April 1 until July 1.

New platforms improve accessibility at Bennett Spring

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two new fishing platforms will make it easier for even more anglers to take part in the trout fishing fun at Bennett Spring State Park this year.

Bowhunters of Missouri choose MDC's Henry as Agent of the Year

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Douglas County Conservation Agent Mark Henry received the prestigious United Bowhunters of Missouri Agent of the Year Award for 2012. Henry was presented the award at the recent United Missouri Bowhunters banquet held in Jefferson City.

Henry’s supervisor, Protection Regional Supervisor Gary Cravens, said Agent Henry is known for making unique and quality wildlife arrests.

Missouri NWTF names MDC Agent Killian as Wildlife Officer of the Year


WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) chose Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Ripley County Conservation Agent Darren Killian as Wildlife Officer of the Year for Missouri. Killian was presented the award on Feb. 16 at the NWTF’s national convention in Nashville, Tenn.

MDC Protection Regional Supervisor Gary Cravens, who is Killian’s supervisor, said Killian is known for making unique and quality wildlife arrests.

Take a Vulture Venture at Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery

BRANSON, Mo. -- Vultures are a well-known, but under-appreciated member of the Ozarks’ bird world. Few people realize it, but these large, dark-colored birds many people refer to as “buzzards” perform valuable roles in nature.

MDC confirms mountain lion at Peck Ranch

CARTER COUNTY, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed the presence of a mountain lion on the Department’s Peck Ranch Conservation Area in northwest Carter and eastern Shannon counties. The confirmation is based on trail camera photos taken Feb. 2, and the carcass of an elk calf found on the conservation area that showed feeding consistent with that of a mountain lion. Elk are among natural prey for mountain lions.

Tracking River Smallmouth

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The smallmouth bass is one of Missouri’s most popular game fish, and biologists continue to learn more about the species to help manage its habitat and regulate harvest.

Biologists from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), National Park Service (NPS), University of Missouri (MU) and Missouri State University (MSU) are working together to gain information about smallmouth bass. These groups are conducting separate but complementary studies on the fish.

MDC confirms photo of mountain lion in Carter County

Van Buren, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken by a trail camera on Dec. 21 on private land near Van Buren in Carter County.


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