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MDC offers FREE Beginner Fur Trapping Workshop Oct. 19 at Twin Pines

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 17, 2019

Participants will learn how to set traps, regulations, ethics and trap preparation.

A man holds a conibear trap for fur trapping.

MDC offers Women’s Handgun workshop in Houston Oct. 6

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 17, 2019

Participants must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the program.

A conservation agent supervises a group of women during a handgun workshop.

MDC's Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center to hold birthday party for two-headed snake

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 17, 2019

Event will celebrate unique reptile that was found in Stone County in 2017.

A woman holds a two-headed western rat snake at Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center in Branson.

MDC monitors wetland conditions as fall waterfowl seasons approach

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 17, 2019

Flooding has affected habitat at Grand Pass, not as much at Settle's Ford and Montrose conservation areas.

Ducks swimming and flying in a wetland area.

Get native plants and learn about monarch butterflies Sept. 21 at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 16, 2019

Buy native plants and see how migrating monarchs are tagged at free event.

A monarch butterfly pollinating a flower.

MDC invites you to the iNaturalist Family Festival at Powder Valley Nature Center Oct. 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 16, 2019
Learn how a powerful, free mobile app can put a world of nature knowledge in the palm of your hand.
iNaturalist App on phone

Teachers invited to attend MDC’s free basic archery instructor training at Kirkwood Community Center Oct. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 16, 2019

Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.

A group of students prepare to release their arrows during an archery class.

MDC invites families to outdoor fun day in Macon Sept. 28

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 13, 2019
Learn outdoor skills from some of the biggest outdoor enthusiasts in the area.
girl with agent holding fish

Discover and sample nature’s edibles at Powder Valley Nature Center’s Harvest Wild event Sept. 28

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 12, 2019
A limited number of openings are available for this free field-to-fork event.
cooked wild duck kabobs

Construction project doesn't get in the way of trout fishing at Roaring River

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 12, 2019
Despite renovation of MDC hatchery, it's business as usual for anglers at this popular state park.
Man Trout Fishing at Roaring River

MDC partners with Lincoln University to host Timber Stand Improvement workshop Oct. 12

News from the region

Central
Sep 11, 2019
Free seminar will introduce landowners to TSI practices, benefits to wildlife, and forest health.
MDC forester discusses Timber Stand Improvement in woods with landowner

MDC to offer youth outdoor skills day at Union Ridge Conservation Area Sept. 28

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 11, 2019
Register youth ages 6-15 for a free JAKES program on a variety of outdoor skills.
MDC staff person teaches boy named Jackson archery

Flooding affects some waterfowl areas in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 11, 2019
Hunting opportunities will be normal at some areas and limited at others
ducks on wetland

MDC invites teachers to Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked workshop Sept. 27 at Shaw Nature Reserve

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2019
Educators will learn about this free program which provides grant funding for middle school life science units.
boy looking at tadpole

WildHeart to perform in concert at Powder Valley Nature Center Sept. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2019
The kids’ nature song spinner Jan Syrigos of WildHeart returns for an upbeat, family-friendly performance.
Jan Syrigos of WildHeart shows a puppet to a boy

MDC offers accessible shooting, fishing events Sept. 14 at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 09, 2019
Free events will highlight outdoor opportunities available for people with disabilities.
agent helps woman fish from wheelchair

MDC shares CWD info for upcoming deer season

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 09, 2019
Help MDC limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in Missouri
CWD Management Zone Map

MDC co-hosts youth deer hunting clinic in Hawk Point Oct. 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 09, 2019
Youths, ages 6-15, will learn hunting basics from experienced adults during this free learning opportunity.
Participants of 2018 Hawk Point Youth Deer Hunting Clinic

MDC provides free trees to spring tornado victims in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Sep 09, 2019
Jefferson City and Eldon area storm victims can redeem free trees Oct. 3-5.
two volunteers plant a tree in Joplin

MDC offers free fishing classes at Marceline and Brookfield

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 06, 2019

Discover Nature—Fishing programs teach angling basics and participants go fishing

MDC staff teach a family how to use a fishing pole.

Join MDC for its Wild Webcast on Elk and Elk Hunting Oct. 9 at noon

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 05, 2019
Register in advance at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZMb and then view the live webcast from a computer or mobile device.
bull elk at Peck Ranch

MDC proposes regulation changes to help landowners control nuisance wildlife and invasive species

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 05, 2019

MDC is proposing allowing thermal imaging and night vision to help landowners control nuisance wildlife and invasive species on their private properties.

A coyote stands in a grass field.

MDC confirms new state record brown trout caught at Lake Taneycomo

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 05, 2019

Blue Eye angler Bill Babler set the record with a 40-pound, 6-ounce fish.

Bill Babler and friend Ryan Titus pose with a new state record brown trout.

MDC to hold Family Basic Shotgun Class Sept. 10 at Busch Shooting Range

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 04, 2019

This free, introductory course is open for ages 11 an up and includes hands-on shooting practice.

An MDC staff member teaches a teenager how to shoot a shotgun.

Have a large evergreen that needs removed? Donate it to MDC for governor’s mansion Christmas tree.

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 04, 2019
The evergreen may be near the end of its life or may need to be removed for other reasons.
2018 governor's mansion Christmas tree

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Conservation Headquarters
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
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Jill Pritchard
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Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
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Francis Skalicky
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Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
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