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MDC suspends current river gauge requirements impacting spring turkey hunting in portions of southeast Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 09, 2021
Recently approved changes raise the Mississippi River levels that will trigger closing the spring turkey and fall deer and turkey hunting seasons by two feet.
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Celebrate spring with MDC Cape Nature Center’s free April programs

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 01, 2021

Be sure to register online for in-person and virtual nature events this month.

Man bowfishing

Volunteers needed to help with Bashin’ Trash community event at Cape LaCroix Creek on April 24

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 24, 2021

Participants will need to register by April 8 to receive a free lunch and t-shirt.

Trash Bash volunteers

MDC temporarily closes Bismarck Conservation Area campground due to public safety concerns, misuse of area

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 11, 2021

For now, staff believe is the only option to reduce the misuse of this area and for public safety.

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MDC Cape Nature Center hosts free Maintz wildlife preserve tour, much more this month

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 03, 2021
Be sure to register online for MDC’s free in-person and virtual nature events.
Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

MDC to reopen Cape Nature Center, Southeast Regional Office to public in March

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 26, 2021

MDC Southeast Regional Office will reopen March 1. Cape Girardeau Nature Center will reopen March 2.

Cape Nature Center

MDC Cape Nature Center updates program scheduling due to weather, other factors

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 23, 2021
The Cape Nature Center building is currently closed to visitors amid rising COVID-19 concerns.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center

MDC to offer virtual ‘A Day in the Life of a Conservation Agent’ class Feb. 24

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 23, 2021

The duties of a conservation agent are almost always interesting, vary with the season, and are sometimes risky.

Conservation Agent Chris Doran

MDC: Cape Nature Center hosts free Cooking with Maple Syrup program, much more in Feb.

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 01, 2021

Be sure to register online for MDC’s free in-person and virtual events this winter.

Maple syrup tasting

MDC: Trout harvest to begin in Jackson, Farmington, Perryville on Feb. 1

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 26, 2021

All anglers between the ages of 16 and 64 must have a valid Missouri fishing permit and any angler harvesting trout must also possess a trout permit.

Rainbow trout

MDC, Dickerson Park Zoo to host first-ever virtual Eagle Days

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 22, 2021
Free events on Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 will focus on our national bird, the bald eagle.
perched eagle on branch

MDC’s Cape Nature Center to offer Tree Tapping 101 program, much more in Jan.

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 04, 2021

Mark your calendar to attend MDC’s free in-person and virtual events this winter.

MDC staff teach a woman how to tree tap.

MDC, City of Dexter provide new well at Dexter City Lake

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 29, 2020
Without replacing the well, water levels would have dropped, possibly resulting in fish die-off.
new well at the north end of Dexter City Lake

MDC reminds public to pick up trash, not litter when visiting conservation areas

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 28, 2020
Conservation area visitors are asked to please take trash bags for picking up litter and properly disposing of it.
freeing a ruddy duck from fishing line

MDC to close Cape Nature Center, Southeast Regional Offices to public amid rising COVID-19 concerns

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 18, 2020

MDC Southeast Regional Offices and Cape Girardeau Nature Center will close to the public beginning Dec. 21.

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MDC’s Prucinsky ‘incredibly excited’ to be named Cape Nature Center manager

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 10, 2020

Prucinsky said she’s excited to discover more about the unique natural history of Missouri.

Laci Prucinsky

MDC’s Cape Nature Center’s free December programs include candlelit wood walk, much more

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 02, 2020
Mark your calendar to attend this month’s family friendly events.
two boys at campfire

MDC to host ‘one-of-a-kind’ holiday gift-making event Dec. 7 in Puxico

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 25, 2020
Learn how to use items such as tree cookies, twigs, pine needles, pinecones, and acorns to make rustic ornaments and other treasures.
six women holding ornaments

MDC Cape Nature Center, Southeast Regional Offices to close for Thanksgiving

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 24, 2020
Cape Girardeau Nature Center and Southeast Regional Offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center

MDC reminds hunters of fall, winter safety measures

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 24, 2020
Wear hunter orange when applicable, check your equipment, have permission to hunt an area and follow that area’s regulations.
hunter aiming rifle

MDC to host free 2-day women-only duck hunt clinic in in Puxico in December

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 23, 2020
Ammunition will be provided and participants will need to have completed hunter education.
five female duck hunters

MDC reminds deer, turkey hunters of baiting guidelines

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 12, 2020

The use of bait while hunting an area -- including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey -- is prohibited.

2020 Fall Deer & Turkey booklet

Mississippi Lime donates over 2,000 pounds of venison through MDC’s Share the Harvest

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 02, 2020

The packaged venison is given to local food banks and food pantries for distribution.

Paul Arnold and Rob Sulkowski

MDC provides drop-off sites in Southeast region to aid hunters in voluntary CWD testing

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 29, 2020

Deer drop-off locations are in Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, and Jefferson counties.

CWD testing drop-off

MDC to stock nearly 7,000 rainbow trout during first week of Nov.

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 28, 2020

Mark your calendar for this year’s winter trout fishing program.

Stocked rainbow trout

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Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Josh.hartwig@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
417-895-6880
Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554