MDC to host free waterfowl season workshops in northwest Missouri

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St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to upcoming public workshops where MDC staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2021-2025 hunting seasons. Two workshops are upcoming at St. Joseph and Chillicothe in northwest Missouri. The workshops are free and no reservation is necessary.

A waterfowl season workshop is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in St. Joseph. The workshop will be held at MDC’s Northwest Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Drives, on the campus of Missouri Western State University. For information, call 816-271-3100.

MDC will hold a waterfowl season workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Chillicothe. The workshop will be held at Comfort Inn and Suites, 250 East Business 36. For information call 816-271-3100.

Hunter input at workshops and hunter opinion surveys will be used to help establish Missouri’s future duck season dates and zones. Participants can review long-term data about weather, migration, habitat use, and harvest.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gives states the opportunity to change the number and location of duck zones every five years," explained MDC Resource Scientist Doreen Mengel. "We’re holding these meetings to get hunter input as we plan Missouri’s 2021-2025 duck season dates and zones.”

MDC is also holding other waterfowl season workshops throughout Missouri in the coming weeks. For a complete list of workshop dates and locations, visit