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Give Holiday Gifts from MDC

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 24, 2020
Visit the MDC online Nature Shop and MDC nature centers for nature-related holiday gifts.
2021 Natural Events Calendar_Cover

Nov. 25 MDC online program offers tips on frying fish

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 23, 2020

Get information on types of oil, seasonings, and methods at this free event.

Fried crappie filets

Natural Events calendars available at MDC offices in Springfield and Joplin

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 23, 2020

MDC Springfield Nature Center and Southwest Regional Office have reopened to public.

2021 Natural Events calendar

MDC invites people to walk off that turkey with a nature hike on Nov. 28

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 23, 2020

Hike along scenic Lake Taneycomo for some exercise and nature viewing.

Lake Taneycomo

MDC to host free 2-day women-only duck hunt clinic in in Puxico in December

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 23, 2020
Ammunition will be provided and participants will need to have completed hunter education.
five female duck hunters

Powder Valley Nature Center closes to comply with St. Louis Co. COVID-19 guidelines, offers Nature Shop pickups

Nov 23, 2020
The public can phone in orders for MDC Natural Events calendars and other items for contact-less pickup at the nature center.
Powder Valley Nature Center Sign

MDC says make eagle spotting a winter activity

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 23, 2020

Migrating bald eagles appear near rivers and lakes in winter months

A bald eagle perched on a tree branch.

Discover nature this Thanksgiving break with MDC

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 20, 2020

Upcoming MDC events include holiday hikes, crafts, and more.

A couple takes a nature walk in St. Joseph.

MDC thanks deer hunters for help with CWD sampling

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 20, 2020
Nearly 3,000 hunters visited CWD sampling stations opening weekend after COVID changes.
lymph node from CWD sampling

MDC holds Introduction to Handguns online class Dec. 7

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 19, 2020

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

A woman shoots a handgun at a shooting range.

Jay Henges rifle/pistol range now open to the public

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 18, 2020
Shooters can take advantage of 20 shooting booths, all offering targets up to 100 yards.
man shooting rifle at Henges range

MDC reminds deer hunters to follow safe firearms practices at all times

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 17, 2020
Self-inflicted mishaps on opening weekend drive home the importance of firearms safety
MDC color logo

Discover how and why birds migrate with free MDC virtual program Nov. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 16, 2020

The Birds on the Move program will explore this fascinating phenomenon during this online event.

A flock of purple martins migrate through Missouri.

MDC reports 80,525 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 16, 2020
Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Howell, Bollinger, and Franklin.
harvested buck and gun

MDC providing CWD sample collection sites to Pulaski County hunters

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 12, 2020

Staffed sample collection sites will be available this weekend and deer head drop-off freezers will be available after this weekend.

CWD deer head drop-off freezer

MDC reminds deer, turkey hunters of baiting guidelines

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 12, 2020

The use of bait while hunting an area -- including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey -- is prohibited.

2020 Fall Deer & Turkey booklet

MDC reminds hunters of hunter orange requirements ahead of firearms deer season

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 10, 2020

Hunting incidents remain rare thanks to hunter orange requirements.

Woman in deer stand with rifle

MDC and Missouri Western dedicate prairie restoration

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 10, 2020

Project provides a native grassland in St. Joseph for enjoyment and education

John Rushin and Mark Mills

MDC welcomes winter trout anglers at two St. Joseph lakes

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 10, 2020

Catch-and-release trout season provides winter angling opportunity

Trout in hand

MDC reminds hunters of baiting guidelines during deer, turkey season

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 10, 2020

The use of bait while hunting an area -- including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey -- is prohibited.

2020 Fall Deer & Turkey booklet

Rainbow trout stocked by MDC for winter fishing in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 10, 2020
Anglers can catch trout in community lakes
trout in net

MDC hopes to see hunters at CWD sample collection sites this weekend

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 10, 2020
Sampling is voluntary in CWD management zone counties, but these counties will have staffed sample collection sites for hunters who want to have their deer tested.
extracting lymph nodes from deer neck

Deer hunters can turn success into supper for families in need with Share the Harvest

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 09, 2020

Missouri hunters can play a more vital role than ever in providing venison for families facing the financial challenges of COVID-19.

Share the Harvest meat

Though CWD sampling is voluntary, MDC still hopes to see hunters at sample collection sites in CWD Zone counties

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 09, 2020
MDC also has sample collection drop-off sites in southwest Missouri.
CWD sampling 2

Go on a scavenger hunt at MDC's Springfield Nature Center in November

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 06, 2020

People can search for items on the nature center trails on self-guided hikes.

Family scavenger hunt

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MDC Media Staff

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