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Douglas, Howell, Texas and Wright counties to be part of five-year deer study. MDC has scheduled two workshops in the south-central part of the state for landowners and hunters interested in participating in or learning more about this project
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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know your suggestions for the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit.
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Conservation Agent Rob Farr was recently honored as the Officer of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Farr is based in Benton County.
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The annual winter trout fishery at Jackson's Rotary Lake begins Nov. 1, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), marking the opening of Missouri's winter trout season in lakes around the state.

According to MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Mike Reed, approximately 1,900 trout, as well as a number of 'lunkers,' will be stocked in Jackson's Rotary Lake prior to the opener.

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Parkville, Mo. – A proud hunter and the 10-point buck bagged with bow and arrow made the front page of The Kansas City Star newspaper on Oct. 8, 1959. Voris Dibben of Lake Waukomis killed the white-tailed deer in wooded hills near the Missouri River west of Parkville when deer were making a comeback from near extirpation in Missouri thanks to conservation.

"Bags Buck 10 Miles From Downtown," said the The Star's front-page headline accompanied by a center-page photo of Dibben with his bow and the deer.

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JOPLIN, Mo. – A hunter's work is not done when he or she harvests a deer. How to field dress it, skin it, process the meat and store it for future tasty meals are beneficial skills for hunters to know.

People who are interested in processing their own deer should plan to attend the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) "From Field to Freezer" seminar. This event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 24) at the Wildcat Glade Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin at 201 W. Riviera Drive.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – "Scary" is how many people describe spiders, but these arachnids do more for humans than provide ideas for decorations at Halloween.
Learn how spiders benefit us during an evening of education and entertainment at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Springfield Conservation Nature Center's "Halloween Happening: Spider Spree" event on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Nighttime outdoor fun, a few hiking surprises and conservation education will all be part of this family-oriented event, which will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day.

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Actions of the Missouri Conservation Commission at its regular meeting Oct. 16 and 17
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has received several inquiries about stinging, or venomous, caterpillars, as a result of high populations of the puss caterpillar in more southern states. Because the occurrence of stinging caterpillars is so rare in Missouri, local naturalists reached out to MDC Forest Entomologist Rob Lawrence for information on the possibility of stinging caterpillars in the local area.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host a Duck Decoy Carving program Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Education Consultant Bridget Jackson said participants will be able to make beautiful duck decoys to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art for their home or business.