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Notice: Events Cancelled

Most MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state have been cancelled until May 31 to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The cancellations are effective immediately and include scheduled hunter education classes, nature center programs and events, shooting range programs and events, and landowner workshops.

Please contact the specific MDC location for more information.

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Register by June 1

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 6:30pm

Location: Northeast Virtual Classroom

MDC invites participants to enjoy nature by learning the basics of bow fishing though a virtual classroom. Bow fishing offers an exciting way to pursue these fish that typically draw little interest with the traditional pole-and-line or setline methods. Topics will include types of bows, reels, lines, and arrows; as well as fish identification, places to go, and rules and regulations.
This program will include two live presentations via webinars, where participants will have opportunities to ask questions. Recorded videos and presentations will also be sent to registered participants for viewing in-between the two live meetings. Links for each webinar will be emailed to participants prior to the meeting.

Register by June 11

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

NEW INFO: Due to Covid-19, only 10 people total will be able to attend. Please register each person that will be in attendance no matter their age. We will only be allowed to host the first 10 that sign up.
Come learn basic fishing skills then practice your newly learned skills. All equipment and bait is provided. Fishing permits are required for individuals between 16 and 64. No registration required.

Register by June 17

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Nothing catches people’s attention like snakes! Why are snakes important? How do you tell if they are venomous? Find out the answers to these questions and more! Join us for a free virtual program where you will learn about and meet some of the slithering serpents that call Missouri home. Registration is required. Please provide an email so a program link can be sent.

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by July 9

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Come learn basic fish filleting skills then practice your newly learned skills. All equipment and bait is provided. Fishing permits are required for individuals between 16 and 64. No registration required.

Register by July 11

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

Register by July 10

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Southwest Missouri offers lots of opportunities to fish and enjoy the outdoors. This river fishing clinic will focus on fishing for bass species in our local waterways! We will talk about locations to fish, strategies, equipment, rules and regulations, and how to catch different species of bass. We will meet at Shoal Creek Conservation Center and after the classroom portion go down to shoal creek and fish. All students 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. All equipment will be provided buy you may bring your own but registration is required!

Register by July 14

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Callaway Electric Cooperative

This free pond workshop will provide landowners with information about building, managing and using a pond.

Register by July 14

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: MDC Central Regional Office

This Pond Workshop is free and beneficial to any landowner who is building or managing a pond.

Register by July 18

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Clay target shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap, skeet and 5-stand sporting clays. Then we will head out to the fields to assist each individual shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to clay target shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20-gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

Register by July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Co-Mo Electric Cooperative

This workshop will provide attendees with information on pond construction, fish stocking, fish management, aquatic plant identification and management, and pond related wildlife issues.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by July 25

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

If you’re an avid bowhunter, the spring and summer months can be excruciating. Flinging arrows at foam not cutting it for you? Come learn about trying your skill at bow fishing and discover a great new adventure.

Register by July 29

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, August 15th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on August 14 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Trap shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap and then work with you individually on the trap field to assist the shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to trap shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20-gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

You have selected the bow of your choice, now what do I need to make me a more effective archer and hunter. Now discover all the accessory items that can be added to make your bow hunting or recreational shooting the most enjoyable.

Register by August 21

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Chesapeake Fish Hatchery

This beginners clinic will show you how to fish for lots of different species commonly found in farm ponds. Worms and equipment will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own! We will fish the Aquatic Education Pond on the Chesapeake Fish Hatchery near Mt. Vernon. Anyone 16 and over must have a valid fishing license and all ages are welcome to attend, but registration is required!

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by September 19

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discuss how to select the right optic, options for mounting it and hot to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This class will be the complete guide to using all methods of bow and arrow, long bow, compound, cross bow and atlatl, that you will ever want to know about and more. We will shoot each method in hunting like situations, be prepared to be outside for this class.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF)- Each year on the forth Saturday in September we celebrate NHF day by providing one free hour of shooting on the rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning range, or the archery range and for shotgun shooters we allow one free round of trap or skeet. Bring your own firearms and ammunition to participate and regular check in, hours, and fees apply for other hours/rounds needed.

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