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Stoddard County angler swipes state record for black buffalo

News from the region

Statewide
May 16, 2019

MDC congratulates Joshua Lee for shooting a monstrous 76-pound black buffalo at Duck Creek.

Joshua Lee poses with his 76-pound black buffalo shot April 21 at Duck Creek Conservation Area Pool 1.

Cape Nature Center announces June programs

News from the region

Southeast
May 16, 2019

June 8 and 9 is Missouri’s Free Fishing Weekend, which fits nicely to continue celebrating a Year of Fish.

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

Young Huntsville angler catches first state-record yellow perch

News from the region

Statewide
May 16, 2019

Isaac Bohm of Huntsville is the first angler to catch a state-record yellow perch using alternative methods in Missouri.

Isaac Bohm poses with his first state record yellow perch caught using alternative methods.

MDC hosted Rich Hill students on May 15 for outdoor skills field day

News from the region

Kansas City
May 16, 2019

Students learned about archery, target shooting, fishing, and throwing the atlatl

MDC staff teach a young girl how to throw an atlatl.

MDC to co-host free Get Outdoors! event May 18 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
May 16, 2019
Families can learn outdoor skills including archery and fishing
MDC staff person in canoe instructs kid in another canoe

Reeds Spring angler catches record-breaking redear sunfish

News from the region

Statewide
May 15, 2019

MDC congratulates Josh Cole on breaking the state record with his 1-pound, 12-ounce redear sunfish caught at Table Rock Lake.

This 1-pound, 12-ounce redear sunfish was shot at Table Rock Lake April 29.

MDC's hybrid striped bass stockings in northwest Missouri promising for anglers

News from the region

Northwest
May 14, 2019

Hybrids stocked in smaller lakes may boost all sport fish populations

An MDC biologist showing off a hybrid striped bass.

MDC hosting orientation on June 18 for Missouri Master Naturalist program in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
May 14, 2019

Master naturalists enjoy nature as volunteers for conservation and education programs

An MDC volunteer talks to a little boy about nature and conservation.

MDC: Squirrel and black bass seasons open Memorial Day weekend

News from the region

Statewide
May 13, 2019

Hunt squirrel and catch and keep black bass beginning May 25

A gray squirrel caught foraging in the brush.

MDC foresters start work at new sites in southwest Missouri

News from the region

Southwest
May 10, 2019

Good begins forestry duties at MDC's Lebanon office, Hollabaugh to work out of Bolivar office.

Conservation Agent Guerric Good

MDC work crews complete Busch Shooting Range project ahead of schedule to avoid closure

News from the region

St. Louis
May 10, 2019
The temporary shutdown of the rifle/pistol range originally scheduled for May 13 is no longer needed.
Man Target Shooting at Busch Shooting Range

Wet a line with MDC at kids' fishing event in Jefferson City

News from the region

Central
May 10, 2019

Help kids get hooked on the thrill of fishing, and discover nature.

A conservation agent helps a young angler fish at an MDC pond.

Rockwoods Reservation hosts amazing race competition June 1

News from the region

St. Louis
May 10, 2019

Participants with an adventurous spirit can compete in an outdoor challenge as they learn about nature.

Nature lovers attempt to identify a frog.

MDC reminds anglers of crappie regulation change at Smithville Lake

News from the region

Northwest
May 09, 2019
Anglers will now be able to keep more fish under the change
two anglers with stringer of crappie

MDC hosts Kids’ Fishing Day May 18 at Maramec Spring Park

News from the region

St. Louis
May 09, 2019

Kids ages 15 years and under can discover the fun of trout fishing at free all-day event.

A young angler shows off his trout at Maramec Spring Park.

Kids can learn all about lightning bugs at Busch Conservation Area May 23

News from the region

St. Louis
May 09, 2019

Firework Fireflies is a free program for children age 2-6.

A field full of lightning bugs at dusk.

Springfield Nature Center event recalls famed conservationist

News from the region

Southwest
May 09, 2019
May 17 MDC program honors Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Ding Darling.
The Missouri Department of Conservation's Springfield Conservationist will remember famed conservationist Ding Darling with a special program on May 17. Actor Tom Milligan (left) will portray the famed cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling (right).

MDC Discover Nature Schools wins Governor’s Award for Innovation

News from the region

Statewide
May 07, 2019

Department of Conservation recognized for unique, nature-focused school education program.

MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley poses with Governor Mike Parson and the DNS team after they received the Governor's Award for Innovation.

Missouri spring turkey season ends with 38,777 birds harvested

News from the region

Statewide
May 06, 2019
MDC reports 2,546 birds harvested during spring youth season and 36,231 birds harvested during regular spring turkey season.
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MDC holds Archery Basics for Families class at Henges Shooting Range May 23 and 30

News from the region

St. Louis
May 06, 2019

Bring the whole family to either of these free classes and learn the basics of a lifetime sport.

A little girl poses next to a target while her mother takes her picture.

MDC invites kids to Roaring River's free fishing day

News from the region

Southwest
May 06, 2019

May 18 event will also feature education stations and free lunch.

A young boy casts his line at a Missouri fishing spot.

Get hooked on fishing with MDC free fishing days June 8 and 9

News from the region

Statewide
May 06, 2019
Need free fishing gear or fishing lessons? MDC can help.
boy holding caught fish

Venison donated to Share the Harvest after Chronic Wasting Disease testing wraps up

News from the region

Southeast
May 06, 2019

More than 1,860 pounds of venison donated to food pantries in Ste. Genevieve and Bloomsdale to feed the hungry.

Paul Arnold with Mississippi Lime Company and Conservation Agent Rob Sulkowski pose with Share the Harvest donations.

Learn how to go fishing with free MDC classes and loaner tackle

News from the region

Kansas City
May 06, 2019

MDC provides free classes and loaner tackle for new anglers

A father and son learn how to fish at a Missouri pond.

MDC offers kayak clinic in Columbia May 14

News from the region

Central
May 03, 2019

Register to attend this FREE clinic and gear up for a summer on the water.

Several people kayak on a Missouri lake at sunset.

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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