MDC: Challenges surround managing crappie at Wappapello Lake

WAPPAPELLO, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) fisheries biologists have worked for decades to maintain and improve the crappie fishery at Wappapello Lake. Biologists say that goal comes with many challenges, but they're up to the task.

"Crappie fishing has a long history at Wappapello and we've seen ups and downs," said Dave Knuth, a MDC fisheries management biologist.

MDC: Trout harvest begins Feb. 1

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says trout may be harvested from Rotary Lake in Jackson and Giessing Lake in Farmington beginning Feb. 1.

According to Mike Reed, a MDC fisheries management biologist, fishing has been variable this winter due to weather extremes.

"If the lakes don't freeze, we should have an excellent opener to the trout harvest season at both lakes," Reed said.

Reed said MDC stocked trout in November at the start of the catch-and-release season.

MDC Cape Nature Center presents "Eew That's Gross" Puppet Show

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center presents "Eew That's Gross: Nature's Recyclers" Jan. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. This puppet show will feature friendly puppets and how they recycle dead plants, animals, and rotting logs.

"Many animals take part in nature's recycling process," said Michelle Randecker, a naturalist at the Nature Center. "We'll learn what happens in nature and we'll also learn what humans can do to help."

MDC Cape Nature Center celebrates winter with garden tour, winter tree ID

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has two events coming up that are centered on enjoying the winter season.

The Garden Tour: Natural Beauty with Native Plants event is Saturday, Jan. 23, with two sessions available from 9 to 11 a.m. and the second from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will create nature-inspired beauty products from native plants, enjoy herbal teas, relax and have fun.

MDC: Workshop shows prescribed fire as land, wildlife management tool

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Landowners can learn to use prescribed fire as a land management tool at a Prescribed Fire Workshop presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the MDC's Southeast Regional Office in Cape Girardeau. This workshop will be given two different times to provide landowners a better opportunity to attend. The first will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and the second from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

MDC: Women can discover nature in rabbit hunting

PUXICO, Mo. – The Valentine's Day weekend is the perfect time for Southeast Missouri women to relax and have fun hunting rabbits, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). MDC announces its annual Women's Rabbit Hunting Clinic scheduled for Feb. 13, beginning at 8 a.m., near Duck Creek Conservation Area (CA).

"This is a very hands-on course and is an environment where anyone can learn, even if they've never fired a gun before," said MDC Conservation Agent Mic Plunkett.

MDC: Ten Mile Pond Area pending closure from rising flood waters

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants waterfowl hunters and others to know that rising flood waters will most likely force staff to close the Department's Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area in southeast Missouri for public safety at some point over the next few days. The closure will happen when flood waters cover the low points on HWY FF, which leads off of HWY AA and on to HWY VV into the conservation area. Other roads leading to Ten Mile Pond are already inaccessible due to high water.

MDC seeks info about poached bull elk found at Current River

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a dead bull elk recently found along the Current River in Shannon County and asks the public to report any related information to the Department's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

According to MDC preliminary information, the elk appears to have been shot and the skull plate and antlers were removed with a chainsaw. The rest of the carcass was left intact.

Conservation Department promotes Barton to Protection District Supervisor

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces the promotion of Billy Barton of Iron County to Protection District Supervisor. In his new duties, Barton now supervises conservation agents in Iron, Reynolds, Wayne and Butler Counties.

"Through his work history and experience, Billy brings the necessary leadership skills to assume this role," said Ken West, the Protection Regional Supervisor for MDC's southeast region. "He exhibits several character traits indicative of true leaders, including honesty and approachability."

MDC: Experts share wildlife habitat tips at month-long seminar

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a free month-long Wildlife Seminar open to the public. MDC biologists will host a session every Tuesday evening in January from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Mineral Area College.

Topics will range from how to improve wildlife habitat on private property to updates on Missouri elk, black bear, quail and turkey populations, native landscaping and song bird identification.


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