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MDC provides turkey hunting opportunity at several areas across southeast Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 25, 2018

Firearms turkey season begins Oct. 1, local biologists say to expect similar turkey numbers as last year.

Father and daughter fall turkey hunting.

MDC invites public to meeting on CWD in Cape Girardeau Oct. 9

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 13, 2018
Get information on chronic wasting disease, have questions answered, and learn what people can do to help limit the spread of this deadly deer disease.
white-tailed buck with signs of chronic wasting disese

MDC: Public input sought for Red Star and Headwaters Accesses

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 04, 2018
The area management plans are open for public review in September.
Headwaters Access Sign

MDC: Public input sought for Apple Creek CA

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 04, 2018
The area management plan is open for public review in September.
Apple Creek CA Sign

MDC improvements to Headwaters Access include entrance road, parking, angled boat ramp

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 30, 2018
Construction is expected to take about four months, depending on the weather.
Headwaters Access sign

Youth dove wing-shooting clinic marks opening day of dove season

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 24, 2018
The free clinic is offered at Maintz Wildlife Preserve in Cape Girardeau County.
female dove hunter hold harvested dove

MDC adds six new free 'loaner' fishing gear locations in southeast Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 21, 2018

A rod with a standard spin-cast reel and small tackle box with supplies is included.

Lady helping a little girl catch a fish.

Get to know the mighty Mississippi at MDC’s ‘Day on the River’

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 14, 2018

Join professional river experts on boat rides and get an up-close look at big river fish.

Kid and an agent riding on the Mississippi River

MDC delivers grant checks to local fire departments

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 10, 2018
The grants provide funds for protective gear and wildfire suppression equipment.
MDC Forestry Technician Duane Petzoldt delivered a grant check for $3,000 to Treasurer and Assistant Chief Kelly Allen at the East Cape County Fire Protection District.

MDC seeks public input on possible regulation change for crappie fishing at Wappapello Lake

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 07, 2018

Potential regulation change will increase the opportunity for anglers to harvest fish.

MDC employee holding a crappie.

MDC, MoDOT, Missouri Prairie Foundation collaborate on Invasive Species Strike Team

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 23, 2018

Invasive weeds will no longer have “the right of way” for over 700 miles of Southeast Missouri roads.

Invasive species strike team truck.

MDC employees work with Fruitland Fire Department, Air Evac Perryville on emergency drill

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 20, 2018

Local conservation employees are now better equipped to respond to emergencies at remote areas.

MDC employees conduct an emergency drill.

MDC: Help local geese stay healthy by not feeding them

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 06, 2018

Wildlife management biologists find damaged wings, but stable numbers in local Canada geese population

Goose

Teachers attend MDC’s ‘Nature’s Night Shift’ workshop

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 05, 2018
Through teacher workshops, MDC helps teachers bring nature to their classrooms.
teachers building bathouses

MDC offers field archery courses near Fredericktown, Jackson, Piedmont

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 28, 2018
Ages 10 and up are welcome to learn archery from MDC experts.
girl shooting bow at target in woods

Cape County Park South Lake to be renovated, MDC invites public to collect fish

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 25, 2018

Crews will enhance fish habitat, construct fishing jetties, add walking trails and more.

Cape County Park South Lake

Register now for Cape Nature Center’s outdoor story time Tuesday, June 19

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 13, 2018
Four to six-year old’s are invited to hear a story, then construct their own bird nest.
robin in nest

MDC: Public input sought for Otter Slough Conservation Area

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 06, 2018
The Otter Slough CA management plan is open for public review until June 30.
Flock of snow geese in flight at Otter Slough Conservation Area

Cape Nature Center earns 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

News from the region

Southeast
May 29, 2018
The nature center showcases the diverse natural resources of southeastern Missouri.
Outside view of Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

MDC reminds landowners to check large trees for safety issues

News from the region

Southeast
May 24, 2018
Trees can seem deceptive, appearing to be healthy on the outside, hiding rot inside.
damaged tree

Grand opening planned for fishing at Cape County Park North Lake

News from the region

Southeast
May 22, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation fisheries biologists will lead fishing programs, provide equipment.

Catfish.

Scout coordinates donation of 200 fish habitat structures for Little River CA

News from the region

Southeast
May 22, 2018

All 200 structures were placed in Jerry P. Combs Lake to improve fish habitat.

fish habitat structures

Missouri Stream Team seeks volunteers to help clean up Black River

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 30, 2018

Free camping is available for volunteers who sign up in advance.

Lady picking up trash.

Author, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year to visit Cape Girardeau May 29

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 27, 2018

Meet Jennifer Pharr Davis and ‘Explore the Extra Mile’ at this free event.

image of Jennifer Pharr Davis in promotional ad for Explore the Extra Mile event

Seventy bags of trash collected, unexpected items found along Cape LaCroix Creek

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 24, 2018

MDC appreciates the 124 volunteers who joined in efforts to ‘Bash Trash’ this weekend.

Students picking up trash.

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MDC Media Staff

Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
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