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Shepherd of Hills Conservation Center has new manager

News from the region

Southwest
May 20, 2019

Illinois native brings resource interpretive experience to new job with MDC.

Alison Bleich poses outside of Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center in Branson.

Rockwoods Reservation offers program on dealing with problem wildlife May 24

News from the region

St. Louis
May 20, 2019

Homeowners will discover tips to help resolve critter conflicts and make living around nuisance wildlife easier.

A smiling raccoon in a garbage can.

MDC invites public to native plant sale May 25 in Joplin

News from the region

Southwest
May 20, 2019

Event will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center.

A family browses the plants during a native plant sale.

Missouri archers place top 10 in NASP Eastern National Tournament

News from the region

Statewide
May 17, 2019

MDC congratulates all MoNASP archers who took part in the eastern national tournament.

Ivy Walton poses with her trophies at the NASP Eastern National Tournament in Louisville, Ky.

MDC offers free use of loaner fishing gear in northwest Missouri

May 17, 2019

Fishing rods and basic tackle can be checked out for temporary use.

MDC staff loan fishing gear to a mother and daughter.

Angler finds new invasive fish in St. Francis River floodwaters

News from the region

Southeast
May 17, 2019

The invasive Northern Snakehead is now confirmed in Missouri waters.

File photo of a snakehead fish provided by AR Game & Fish Commission

Stoddard County angler swipes state record for black buffalo

News from the region

Statewide
May 16, 2019

MDC congratulates Joshua Lee for shooting a monstrous 76-pound black buffalo at Duck Creek.

Joshua Lee poses with his 76-pound black buffalo shot April 21 at Duck Creek Conservation Area Pool 1.

Cape Nature Center announces June programs

News from the region

Southeast
May 16, 2019

June 8 and 9 is Missouri’s Free Fishing Weekend, which fits nicely to continue celebrating a Year of Fish.

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

Young Huntsville angler catches first state-record yellow perch

News from the region

Statewide
May 16, 2019

Isaac Bohm of Huntsville is the first angler to catch a state-record yellow perch using alternative methods in Missouri.

Isaac Bohm poses with his first state record yellow perch caught using alternative methods.

MDC hosted Rich Hill students on May 15 for outdoor skills field day

News from the region

Kansas City
May 16, 2019

Students learned about archery, target shooting, fishing, and throwing the atlatl

MDC staff teach a young girl how to throw an atlatl.

MDC to co-host free Get Outdoors! event May 18 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
May 16, 2019
Families can learn outdoor skills including archery and fishing
MDC staff person in canoe instructs kid in another canoe

Reeds Spring angler catches record-breaking redear sunfish

News from the region

Statewide
May 15, 2019

MDC congratulates Josh Cole on breaking the state record with his 1-pound, 12-ounce redear sunfish caught at Table Rock Lake.

This 1-pound, 12-ounce redear sunfish was shot at Table Rock Lake April 29.

MDC's hybrid striped bass stockings in northwest Missouri promising for anglers

News from the region

Northwest
May 14, 2019

Hybrids stocked in smaller lakes may boost all sport fish populations

An MDC biologist showing off a hybrid striped bass.

MDC hosting orientation on June 18 for Missouri Master Naturalist program in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
May 14, 2019

Master naturalists enjoy nature as volunteers for conservation and education programs

An MDC volunteer talks to a little boy about nature and conservation.

MDC: Squirrel and black bass seasons open Memorial Day weekend

News from the region

Statewide
May 13, 2019

Hunt squirrel and catch and keep black bass beginning May 25

A gray squirrel caught foraging in the brush.

MDC foresters start work at new sites in southwest Missouri

News from the region

Southwest
May 10, 2019

Good begins forestry duties at MDC's Lebanon office, Hollabaugh to work out of Bolivar office.

Conservation Agent Guerric Good

MDC work crews complete Busch Shooting Range project ahead of schedule to avoid closure

News from the region

St. Louis
May 10, 2019
The temporary shutdown of the rifle/pistol range originally scheduled for May 13 is no longer needed.
Man Target Shooting at Busch Shooting Range

Wet a line with MDC at kids' fishing event in Jefferson City

News from the region

Central
May 10, 2019

Help kids get hooked on the thrill of fishing, and discover nature.

A conservation agent helps a young angler fish at an MDC pond.

Rockwoods Reservation hosts amazing race competition June 1

News from the region

St. Louis
May 10, 2019

Participants with an adventurous spirit can compete in an outdoor challenge as they learn about nature.

Nature lovers attempt to identify a frog.

Springfield Nature Center event recalls famed conservationist

News from the region

Southwest
May 09, 2019
May 17 MDC program honors Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Ding Darling.
The Missouri Department of Conservation's Springfield Conservationist will remember famed conservationist Ding Darling with a special program on May 17. Actor Tom Milligan (left) will portray the famed cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling (right).

MDC reminds anglers of crappie regulation change at Smithville Lake

News from the region

Northwest
May 09, 2019
Anglers will now be able to keep more fish under the change
two anglers with stringer of crappie

MDC hosts Kids’ Fishing Day May 18 at Maramec Spring Park

News from the region

St. Louis
May 09, 2019

Kids ages 15 years and under can discover the fun of trout fishing at free all-day event.

A young angler shows off his trout at Maramec Spring Park.

Kids can learn all about lightning bugs at Busch Conservation Area May 23

News from the region

St. Louis
May 09, 2019

Firework Fireflies is a free program for children age 2-6.

A field full of lightning bugs at dusk.

MDC Discover Nature Schools wins Governor’s Award for Innovation

News from the region

Statewide
May 07, 2019

Department of Conservation recognized for unique, nature-focused school education program.

MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley poses with Governor Mike Parson and the DNS team after they received the Governor's Award for Innovation.

Missouri spring turkey season ends with 38,777 birds harvested

News from the region

Statewide
May 06, 2019
MDC reports 2,546 birds harvested during spring youth season and 36,231 birds harvested during regular spring turkey season.
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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
573-522-4115
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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Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554