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MDC offers free fly-tying classes in St. Joseph during January

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 09, 2019

Participants will learn how to tie lures for trout and panfish

Hand-tied flies for catching trout and panfish.

MDC reports 10,543 deer harvested during antlerless portion

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 09, 2019
Archery season continues through Jan. 15, alternative methods runs Dec. 28 – Jan. 7.
doe in woods looking at camera

Explore nature’s nightlife with free evening programs at Busch Conservation Area Dec. 13 and 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 09, 2019
A Friday night owl prowl and night hike Saturday will reveal some of nature’s after-dark secrets.
owl closeup

MDC names Max Alleger as new regional administrator in Southwest Region

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 09, 2019
Alleger will lead regional operations to deliver conservation strategic priorities and performance measures.
Max Alleger

Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership Responds to Mark Twain Announcement

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 07, 2019

With the announcement, federal and state agencies have developed a plan to step up trapping efforts in southern Missouri.

Feral hog.

MDC women's event provides tips on cooking with a Dutch oven

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 06, 2019
Learn at this Dec. 21 Springfield Nature Center program how this pioneer-era cooking utensil can still produce tasty dishes today.
Dutch oven cooking

Bass skills, trout cooking, and fish-themed Christmas tree wrap up Year of Fish at Cape Nature Center

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 05, 2019

A lucky winner of the nature center’s Year of Fish contest will be announced Dec. 21.

The Christmas decor at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center

MDC: Some wildlife hibernate, while others need a helping hand as they den up for winter

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 05, 2019

Brush piles, dormant plants and leaf litter provide cover for small wildlife in the colder months.

A groundhog in the brush.

Osage County angler sets record for state-record fish

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 05, 2019

Bryant Rackers of Bonnots Mill now holds state records for four fish – more than any other angler.

Bryant Rackers shows off the first state record white perch.

Visitor Center at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to close as public contact office Jan. 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 04, 2019
The conservation area itself will remain open year-round for outdoor use.
Visitor Center at Columbia Bottom

MDC and DFS offer volunteer fire departments help with insurance

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 03, 2019
MDC partnering with Division of Fire Safety on workers compensation grants.
MDC logo

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces December programs

News from the region

Central
Dec 02, 2019

Programs include pellet rifle shooting, wreath making, annual Holiday Happenings event, and more.

A woman teaches a little girl about nature at Runge Nature Center.

MDC reports young hunters checked 1,909 deer during late youth portion

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 02, 2019
Top counties were Osage, Lincoln, and Callaway.
youth with harvested buck and dad and guide

MDC events in Springfield, Joplin invite people to take a break from holiday frenzy

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 02, 2019
Events at Springfield Nature Center and Shoal Creek Conservation Center offer relaxing alternatives to seasonal bustle.
holiday event

MDC encourages birders to help with Audubon Christmas Bird Count

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 02, 2019
Learn more at audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count.
short-eared owl

OGT offering $20,000 reward for help with MDC elk poaching cases

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 02, 2019
MDC and CFM need public’s help to catch poachers in six cases involving illegally killed elk.
Poached Cow Elk

MDC reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 178,936

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 27, 2019
Top harvest counties were Franklin, Texas, and Callaway.
harvested buck

Oak Grove deer hunter bags unusual antlered doe

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 27, 2019

MDC biologists say few deer with such unusual traits are harvested annually

Oak Grove hunter with his harvested antlered doe.

Call to MDC’s Operation Game Thief hotline yields poaching arrest

News from the region

Central
Nov 26, 2019

Tuscumbia man now faces litany of charges in Miller, Shannon counties.

Items seized during the arrest of Harold Piatt, including three firearms and two antlered deer heads.

Connect with nature this Thanksgiving break with MDC

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 26, 2019

MDC’s nature centers offer free programs to escape the holiday bustle

A family takes a nature walk at the Springfield Nature Center.

MDC invites people to make holiday crafts at programs in December

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 26, 2019

Free programs in Branson, Joplin, and Springfield show how to transform outdoor items into beautiful ornaments.

Pinecones in grass

Cape Nature Center’s FREE December programs include hunting Mastodons, woodworking

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 26, 2019

Guests will also conclude 2019, the Year of Fishing, with a trout cleaning clinic Dec. 21.

A nature trail in the winter.

MDC invites public to search for short-eared owls on Dec. 7

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 26, 2019

Owl found on prairies will be focus of hike at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area.

A short-eared owl sits in a grassland.

MDC's Springfield Nature Center looking for volunteers

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 26, 2019

Dec. 10 meeting will be for people interested in volunteering at nature center.

Springfield Conservation Nature Center sign

MDC helps people enjoy the hardy songbirds of winter in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 25, 2019
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center offers a variety of free bird programs in December
cedar waxwing

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
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Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
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Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
417-895-6880
Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554