JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Runge Nature Center will temporarily close its trails Dec. 16 – 19 for the duration of a managed, archery-only deer hunt on the property.
During the four-day closure, MDC will host 10 hunters, selected through the Department’s managed hunt system, to pursue deer and help to maintain desired wildlife populations on the property. Trail closures will ensure the safety of hunters and nature center visitors alike.
“Neighbors and other Jefferson City residents, have expressed interest in and support of this deer management effort,” said Wildlife Regional Supervisor John George. “While we anticipate minimal deer harvest, we hope to also reduce car-deer accidents along Highway 179, which borders the property.”
Jefferson City has allowed archery deer hunting on private property since 2007 and this hunt will aid efforts to reduce risks to drivers, while supporting balanced wildlife populations.
For the duration of this four-day trail closure, the main facility at Runge Nature Center will remain open and will continue to offer top quality nature programs for all ages. MDC welcomes visitors to enjoy and learn about nature in their library, and wildlife viewing area during this time. These attractions, including the nature gift shop, will remain open to complement nature programs and activities at the facility.
Located on 112 acres just north of Highway 50 in Jefferson City, Runge Nature Center is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday. Except for the above exceptions, trails on the property are open daily from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
For more information about the nature center, or to sign up for a free newsletter listing events and programs, call (573) 526-4496, or visit mdc.mo.gov/runge.