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MDC says late March and early April a good time to catch walleye and white bass

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 18, 2021

Fishing early spawning runs can be productive for anglers

MDC staff holding walleye

MDC Twin Pines CEC to celebrate April 1 reopening with annual Heritage Day on April 17

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 18, 2021
Activities will include a birding hike, demonstrations, paddle making, basket making, and trapping.
Twin Pines Sign

Learn about signs of spring at MDC virtual program March 23

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 18, 2021
March 23 online event will cover a variety of harbingers of seasonal change.
house wren

Learn to turkey hunt with free MDC virtual program March 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 18, 2021

This free online class is a perfect way to help give beginning turkey hunters a kickstart.

Turkey hunter with youth

MDC offers free aquatic ecosystems class on March 27 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 16, 2021

Learn about the diverse life forms in creeks and ponds

Stonefly nymph

MDC continues Maple Leaf Conservation Area access road resurfacing project

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 16, 2021
Project will improve main access road for area and lake in Lafayette County
MDC Color Logo

Get new MDC hunting, fishing, spring turkey, and Wildlife Code booklets

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 16, 2021
MDC’s new booklets on spring turkey hunting, hunting and trapping, fishing, and the Wildlife Code are available for free online, at MDC regional offices and nature centers, and other places where permits are sold.
2021 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations booklet

MDC, partners offer turkey hunting clinic for youth with terminal, chronic illnesses April 23–25

News from the region

Northeast
Mar 12, 2021
Apply by April 12 for this free opportunity to connect with nature during Missouri’s spring turkey season.
man with disability turkey hunting

MDC offers free virtual firearms care class on March 25

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 12, 2021
Learn how to clean and store firearms for optimum performance
firearms with cleaning supplies

Enjoy spring break by hiking at MDC's Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 12, 2021
Upcoming programs will let families explore nature center trails on scavenger hunts or on guided hikes.
People Walking Trail at Springfield Nature Center

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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Reduce the stresses of everyday life with free MDC hiking, backpacking program March 27

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 11, 2021

At the end of the hike, there will be an opportunity to discuss, handle, and demonstrate various backpacking supplies.

Backpacker hiking

Learn all about collecting, harvesting, and processing shagbark at MDC virtual program March 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 11, 2021

Discover how both people and wildlife can benefit from this common Missouri tree, and how you can make use of its gifts.

Shagbark hickory tree

Invasive zebra mussels discovered in commercially sold moss balls

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 10, 2021
MDC recommends close inspection of aquarium plants by aquarium owners and pet stores to stop the spread of this troublesome mollusk. (NOTE: Original information has been revised with updated USFWS recommendations.)
moss ball with zebra mussels

MDC to offer turkey clinic and mentored hunt for first-time youth hunters April 9–10

News from the region

Northeast
Mar 10, 2021

Youth ages 7–15 can register to attend this educational hunting opportunity in Clark County

Youth turkey hunter with mentor

MDC to hold virtual archery program on March 22

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 10, 2021

Event will cover how to select archery equipment and care for it.

Archer draws bow in woods

MDC offers free spring migration birding program in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 09, 2021

Outdoor session at Gorman Discovery Center welcomes young or new birders

Pine siskins on branch

MDC invites public to learn about turkey hunting basics on March 21

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 09, 2021

Free clinic at Dalton Range will have both in-person and online options.

Two turkey hunters next to tree

Osage County angler catches 112-pound invasive black carp

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 09, 2021

Black carp is one of the few fish species listed on Missouri’s Prohibited Species list.

Jesse Hughes holds a large invasive black carp

MDC offers free introduction to turkey hunting clinic March 20 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 08, 2021

Newcomers can learn the basic skills for hunting spring gobblers

Turkeys in grass field

MDC offers free paddlefish snagging clinic April 17 in Warsaw

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 08, 2021

Beginners can learn about paddlefish and go snagging for them

Snagging paddlefish on boat

Busch Rifle/Pistol Range to perform annual cleaning March 10-11

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 05, 2021
The range will remain open, but some shooting lanes may temporarily close to enable cleaning contractors to work
man shooting rifle at Busch Shooting Range

Five Stand is new shotgun activity at MDC's Andy Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 05, 2021

Shooting activity is good for recreational shooters and for pre-hunting practice.

Five Stand shooting area at Andy Dalton Shooting Range

MoNASP 2021 State Tournament slated for March 18-20 in Branson

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 04, 2021
Missouri National Archery in Schools Program has grown to over 800 participating schools and more than 85,000 Missouri students in grades 4 – 12.
MONASP 2021 state tournament logo

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood is now open; trail hours will extend to 8 p.m. March 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 03, 2021

Building admittance is currently limited to the front desk, trails and grounds remain fully accessible to the public with trail hours extending until 8 p.m. starting March 14.

Powder Valley Nature Center entrance sign

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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