MDC to host waterfowl season workshops in NW Missouri

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St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to upcoming public workshops where Department staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2017-2020 hunting seasons. Two workshops are upcoming in northwest Missouri.

A waterfowl season workshop is scheduled 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the MDC Northwest Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Drive, in St. Joseph. The office is on the campus of Missouri Western State University. For information, call 816-271-3100.

MDC will hold a waterfowl season workshop 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Carrollton Public Library, 1 N. Folger St. For more information, call 660-646-6122.

Hunter input at workshops and hunter opinion surveys will be used to help establish Missouri's 2017-2020 duck season dates and zones.

"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 Resources Scientist Andy Raedeke. "At these times, states can also select a continuous season or split season, which refers to a season that is open for a period of time, closes, and then reopens for a second period of time."

Hunters may review information about the state's waterfowl migrations, harvest, weather patterns and hunter preferences at