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MDC reminds people to buy their 2021 hunting and fishing permits

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 22, 2021
Buy Missouri hunting and fishing permits online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits.
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MDC’s Busch Shooting Range holds two Beginning Handgun Live Fire sessions for women March 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 19, 2021

This follow up to the March 15 Beginning Handgun class will give women the chance to practice at the range with firearms and ammo provided.

Women with target

MDC invites public to three virtual vulture programs on Feb. 27

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 19, 2021

Online programs will highlight benefits provided by these misunderstood birds.

Turkey vulture

MDC holds virtual Beginning Handgun class March 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 19, 2021

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

Woman aims handgun

MDC offers free rod repair class March 6 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 19, 2021
Fix rods before peak fishing season arrives in spring
broken fishing rod

MDC offers free guided birding hike Feb. 24 near Laclede

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 18, 2021

Go birding along trails through wet prairie and forest habitats

Cardinal in winter

MDC offers ice fishing tips for ponds and small lakes

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 18, 2021

Cold snap provides anglers new opportunities

Ice fishing trip

MDC offers hunter education opportunities in upcoming weeks

News from the region

Ozark
Feb 18, 2021

Individuals needing hunter education have classroom and online options.

Hunter ed skills test

Learn how to make baskets from native wood at MDC online program

News from the region

Ozark
Feb 18, 2021
Free virtual program on Feb. 22 will offer tips on basket-weaving.
strips of wood for baskets

MDC offers virtual One Health series for educators

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 17, 2021

Teacher training series explores linkages between ecological, human health.

One Health logo

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center launches new monthly Creature Feature virtual series starting Feb. 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 11, 2021

Kids will discover a new native Missouri animal each month with these interactive online programs.

Spotted salamander

As spring nears, MDC offers hunter education opportunities

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 11, 2021

It is not too early to sign up for hunter education.

Jake Hindman and his daughter pose with a harvested turkey

Catch-and-keep trout fishing starts March 1 at MO trout parks

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 11, 2021
MDC advises anglers to buy fishing permits before going and have cash for daily trout tags.
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MDC will hold virtual Nature Journaling for Beginners program Feb. 26

Feb 11, 2021
Participants will get an introduction to the art of journaling during this free program.
woman nature journaling

Busch and Henges Shooting Ranges to temporarily close Feb. 14 due to extreme cold

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 11, 2021
Both staffed shooting ranges are expected to reopen Wed., Feb. 17.
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MDC will close Lake City and Parma Woods shooting ranges Feb. 14

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 11, 2021
Ranges will close due to forecast with extreme cold wind chills and snow
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MDC will reopen Northwest Regional Office in St. Joseph and Chillicothe office to the public on Feb. 16

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 10, 2021
Offices were closed as COVID-19 precautions
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MDC invites teachers to hybrid Discover Nature Schools Nature Unbound workshop Feb. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 10, 2021
Educators will learn about this free curriculum which provides grant funding for high school life science units in two-part workshop.
Teacher at Discover Nature Schools outdoor teacher workshop

MDC will reopen Northwest Regional Office in St. Joseph and Chillicothe office to the public on Feb. 16

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 10, 2021

Offices were closed as COVID-19 precautions

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MDC offers virtual pond management workshop March 11 for landowners

News from the region

Central
Feb 10, 2021
Register to learn about building and maintaining a better pond on your property.
person fishing at a pond

MDC investigating bald eagle shooting near Belgrade in Washington County

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 10, 2021

Anyone with information about the incident, which occurred between Feb. 3-4, should call 1-800-392-1111.

MDC Agent Jaymes Hall holds a wounded bald eagle after it was shot near Belgrade.

Ice delays MDC trout stockings for winter fishing in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 10, 2021
More trout will be stocked in community lakes when ice begins clearing
trout in net

MDC reminds pet owners about the possibility of coyote encounters this time of year

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 09, 2021
Coyotes start breeding in February and are more active, increasing potential for encounters with pets.
coyote in snow

MDC suggests fish habitat projects for ponds doable in winter

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 09, 2021
Providing underwater structure can improve fish populations
tree as fish habitat

MDC offers Urban Woodsman program Feb. 20 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 08, 2021

Outdoor event teaches skills with firewood and campfire cooking

A man chops wood at an Urban Woodsman program

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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
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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