Springfield Nature Center trails closed Dec. 8-10 for hunt

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Patrons of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Springfield Conservation Nature Center are reminded the facility’s trails will be closed Dec. 8-10 for the managed archery deer hunt taking place at the facility during that time.

While the Springfield Nature Center trails will be closed during the three-day period to ensure a safe and successful hunt; the nature center building will adhere to its regular winter schedule: It will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 8 (Saturday) and closed Dec. 9 and 10 (Sunday and Monday).

The Dec. 8-10 managed hunt at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center is one component of a city-wide strategy to control Springfield’s urban deer population. The nature center hunt – along with managed hunts at Lake Springfield and at Fellows Lake and Springfield City Council’s bow-hunting ordinance passed in 2014 that allows archery deer hunting within city limits – are part of a comprehensive plan to keep deer numbers inside Springfield’s city limits at a level that’s safe for citizens and healthy for deer.