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MDC changes some requirements for landowner permits

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2019
Changes will become effective in 2020, require 20 acres for free deer and turkey permits, stay at five acres for other uses, add discounted permits for nonresident landowners, and add registry.
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MDC will raise trout permits and tags starting in 2020, start pilot

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2019
New pilot program at Maramec Spring Park will increase limit to five trout for $5.
rainbow trout in hand

MDC has new rules for deer carcasses in ongoing fight against CWD

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2019
New regulations on deer-carcass movement and disposal will take effect February 2020.
two hunters drag a harvested deer

MDC extends fall fish gigging season

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2019
Missouri’s fish gigging season will be extended by 15 days to now end Feb. 15, 2020.
people gig for fish from a boat at night

MDC pre-season waterfowl reservations open Sept. 1

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 22, 2019
Changes to reservation system for managed waterfowl hunts start this hunting season.
camouflaged male duck hunter in duck blind

MDC's Rath wins Firebird Award for quail efforts

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 19, 2019

Private Land Conservationist receives honor for work with landowners in Cedar, Dade, and Lawrence counties.

Rick Rath poses with his Firebird Award for quail efforts.

MDC and Recreation Council of St. Louis hold bike, wheelchair, and scooter “Roll and Stroll” event Aug. 24 on the Busch Greenway in St. Charles

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 16, 2019

This unique way of discovering nature is open to wheelers and walkers of all level of mobilities and abilities.

A man in an outdoor wheelchair hiking through the forest.

Seats still available for beginning duck hunting class at Busch Shooting Range Aug. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 16, 2019

Learn the basics of this fast-paced sport from experienced instructors at a free class.

A brother and sister with their dog on a duck hunting trip.

Missouri archers win big at NASP/IBO Outdoor World 3D Challenge

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 15, 2019

MDC congratulates Ivy Walton and Jeremiah Jones of Carl Junction High School on their outstanding scores at the last NASP tournament of the year.

Ivy Walton and Jeremiah Jones pose with their trophies during the NASP/IBO Outdoor World Championship.

Flooding delays wetland and lake restoration project at MDC's Schell-Osage Conservation Area

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 14, 2019

Some waterfowl hunting will be available on the area during the 2019-2020 seasons.

Ducks flying and swimming on a conservation area.

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked teacher workshop Sept. 6 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 13, 2019

Teachers will learn about this free program which provides grant funding for middle school life science units.

A young student shows off an insect that landed on her hand.

MDC requires nontoxic shot on many public hunting areas

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 13, 2019

New regulations will reduce toxic lead use to protect wildlife and the environment.

 A dove hunter loads his shotgun in a sunflower field.

Powder Valley Nature Center reveals results of ongoing snake study at a special program Aug. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 12, 2019

The nature center is one of the key study sites of this innovative research into the lives of copperheads and other snakes.

A copperhead snake on the pavement.

MDC reminds dove hunters that nontoxic shot is required at Talbot, Bois D'Arc conservation areas for dove hunting

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 12, 2019

Bois D'Arc, Talbot are two of a number of MDC areas where nontoxic shot is required.

A dove hunter sits in wait for a dove.

MDC honors Racine logger with state forestry award

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 12, 2019

Anthony Gruver named Southwest Regional Logger of the Year.

Anthony Gruver holds his MDC Southwest Regional Logger of the Year Award.

MDC advises nature to nurture health and happiness

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 08, 2019

Whether you’re in the woods, a park, or your backyard – nature helps!

A family of three takes a nature walk.

MDC will have Four Rivers Conservation Area ready for waterfowl season

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 08, 2019

Habitat altered by major flooding but millet seeded on some acres.

Waterfowl swimming and grazing in a wetland area.

Discover nature with MDC at SEMO District Fair Sep. 7-14

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 08, 2019

Visit MDC’s Conservation Pavilion to wish Smokey Bear a happy 75th birthday.

Smokey Bear does the Hokey Pokey with his fans.

MDC announces new partnership with Tower Grove Park to expand nature programming to St. Louis City residents

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 08, 2019

Residents in the City of St. Louis have a new resource to help them learn about and experience nature.

A group of birders use binoculars to search for warblers at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis City.

MDC offers free fishing and nature classes at St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Aug 08, 2019

Discover Nature—Fishing programs teach angling basics.

MDC staff teach a family how to use a fishing pole.

Learn how to bow hunt for deer at Busch Shooting Range Aug. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 08, 2019

This free introductory class will give new hunters all the information they need to get started.

A bowhunter releases his arrow in the woods.

Cape Nature Center announces FREE September programs

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 08, 2019

September events feature geocaching, birding, a sand prairie adventure and more.

A little boy "steers" the wheel while taking a boat ride.

MDC invites the public to explore reptiles at Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area Aug. 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 08, 2019

Join MDC naturalists for a hike in a real marsh to find turtles and snakes this Saturday.

An MDC naturalist teaches visitors about a snake.

MDC offers kayak clinic in Columbia Aug. 20

News from the region

Central
Aug 08, 2019

Register to attend this FREE clinic and learn skills to discover nature on the water.

An MDC instructor teaches a girl how to kayak.

MDC: Duck Creek CA has a new entrance road, construction continues

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 08, 2019

Visitors to Duck Creek should use the new entrance off U.S. Highway 51 to access Pools 1, 2 and 3.

The entrance sign to Duck Creek Conservation Area near Puxico.

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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