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MDC stocking rainbow trout in St. Louis area lakes starting in November

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 29, 2020

Great trout fishing opportunities are just minutes away for many St. Louis area residents this winter, including a shot at 10lb lunkers.

Rainbow trout stocking at a St. Louis lake

MDC warns against baiting deer in St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 28, 2020
Spreading feed to attract deer for hunting violates the law, ethics, and increases the risk of disease among deer.
doe eating from baited corn pile

MDC naturalists lead 14.5-mile challenge hike on Green Rock Trail Oct. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 20, 2020

For anyone up to the adventure, the chance to hike this linear trail will include return transportation.

Two hikers on the Green Rock Trail

Rockwoods Reservation holds Trail or Treat Halloween-themed event Oct. 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 20, 2020

Experience a nature twist on this free celebration of everyone’s favorite spooky holiday.

eastern screech owl

MDC provides drop-off sites in St. Louis region to aid hunters in voluntary CWD testing

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 19, 2020
Deer head drop-off sites are located in Crawford, Franklin, St. Charles, Warren, Jefferson, and Washington counties.
CWD drop-off box

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood is now open

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 15, 2020

Building admittance is currently limited to the front desk, but trails and grounds remain fully accessible to the public.

Powder Valley Nature Center entrance sign

MDC’s St. Louis Region hosting live online Agent Q&A event about fall deer and turkey hunting Oct. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 13, 2020

This live, virtual Q&A event with a St. Charles County conservation agent is a chance to get answers about deer and turkey hunting in real time.

Youth archer in deer stand

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation offers 2 beginning archery classes Oct. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 09, 2020
Get a start in a lifetime sport that’s accessible to a wide range of ages and physical abilities.
woman shooting blue compound bow

Master the art of deer calling with MDC virtual program Oct. 27

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 08, 2020

This free online class will give hunters a competitive edge in the field this deer season.

White tailed buck close up

MDC to hold virtual Basic Hunting Safety program Oct. 27

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 08, 2020
This free online course will cover the most essential aspects of preventing hunting incidents.
woman shooting rifle

Franklin County to reopen St. Mary’s Road gate, restoring entrance to Chouteau Claim Access

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 07, 2020
The Franklin County Commission has agreed to reopen St. Mary’s Road by Friday; the Commission is now accepting public comment on a measure to vacate the road.
Chouteau Claim Access map

MDC invites kayakers to enjoy fall paddling opportunities in the St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 02, 2020
Cooler temperatures and changing colors provide a perfect backdrop for exploring waterways by kayak in the St. Louis region.
Kayaker on Huzzah Creek

Uncover the secrets of caves and cave life Oct. 13 at MDC virtual program

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 30, 2020
Learn all about these incredible underground environments during this free online presentation.
pool in cave cavern

Henges and Busch Shooting Ranges offer field to freezer deer processing classes Oct. 6

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 28, 2020

Hunters can learn the important skills of handling and preparing their deer immediately after harvest.

Deer hunter in woods with rifle

MDC invites families to create a hellbender craft at Busch Conservation Area Oct. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 24, 2020

Find artistic inspiration in this unusual and endangered salamander.

Hellbender

Learn how to eat well outdoors at MDC virtual cooking for camping and hiking class Sept. 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 21, 2020

From fire to feast, outdoor trekkers will learn the basics of cooking in the wild and then some with this free class.

Outdoor food

MDC holds two nature programs at Tower Grove Park in September

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 18, 2020
St. Louis residents can connect with nature with free in-person programs Sept. 25 and 26 in the city’s celebrated park.
string art rendering of a red fox

Enjoy date night for nature lovers at a pair of MDC in-person programs this September

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 15, 2020

Two special outdoor date night outings, Sept. 19 and 26, offer socially-distanced options for couples.

A couple goes hiking

MDC holds a virtual presentation about spiders Sept. 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 14, 2020
This free, interactive virtual program will focus on the most common spiders found around the home and yard.
common house spider

Learn safe handling and hunting with modern sporting rifles with free online MDC class Sept. 22

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 14, 2020
AR-15 style rifles are becoming more popular and this free program will help users safely get the most out of them.
man shooting AR-15 style rifle

MDC holds second Introduction to Handguns online class Sept. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2020
Due to high demand, MDC has added another free virtual course covering the basics of proper and safe handgun use.
woman shooting handgun

MDC offers 2 beginning archery classes Sept. 12 at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 08, 2020

Get a start in a lifetime sport that’s accessible to a wide range or ages and physical abilities.

Female archer

Learn the basics of knife sharpening Sept. 12 at MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 08, 2020

A well-functioning knife is a vital companion in the field when hunting and fishing.

Three knives

MDC unearths dark secrets of earthworms at free online program Sept. 11

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 03, 2020

Many people think of them as helpful little critters, but you might be surprised to learn they’re not so beneficial after all.

Common earthworm

MDC holds Introduction to Handguns online class Sept. 8

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 28, 2020

This free virtual course will cover all the basics of proper and safe handgun use.

A woman fires a handgun

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Bill Graham
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Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554