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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.
wild_turkey_male

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 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.

MDC hosts FREE 3D Archery Family Fun Shoot in Piedmont June 1

News from the region

Southeast
May 03, 2019
Using a 3D target archery course will give beginning archers a more realistic experience for practice.
Woman shooting 3D archery

MDC transfers Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead to Scott County

News from the region

Southeast
May 03, 2019

Mothershead is originally from Scott County, which makes him a great fit to serve the county in this role.

Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead

High water closes parts of Springfield Nature Center trails

News from the region

Southwest
May 02, 2019
Tuesday's rains causes flooding over portions of walking trails.
Flooded Portion of Long Trail at Springfield Nature Center

Clint Trammel inducted into Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame

News from the region

Statewide
May 02, 2019
The Pioneer Forest manager was honored for his lifelong passion for and career in forestry.
Group pic of MDC leadership and Clint Trammel's family at his induction ceremony

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area closes due to flooding; World Migratory Bird event is still on this Sunday

News from the region

St. Louis
May 02, 2019
Though most of the area is closed, the event activities will move to the space immediately near the visitor center.
Road closed from flooding at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

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

News from the region

Kansas City
May 01, 2019

Families can enjoy nature lore and learn outdoor skills including fishing and archery

Two girls practice their fishing skills at a Missouri lake.

MDC hosts Landowner Field Day at Gist Ranch Conservation Area May 21

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 30, 2019

Learn about woodland, glade and forest management benefits to wildlife.

A closeup shot of a pink Glade coneflower.

Conservation agent wins Pope and Young award

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 30, 2019

MDC's Andy Barnes is national organization's Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Lawrence County conservation agent Andy Barnes

MDC offers free guided Missouri River float trip June 15 at Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 30, 2019

Registration opens May 1 and includes mandatory orientation June 4.

Two people float down the Missouri River on a canoe during a guided float trip.

MDC, NWTF host Timber Stand Improvement workshop in Van Buren May 10

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 29, 2019

Learn how to identify timber management goals and meet cost-share specifications.

A woodland area that's been restored with timber stand improvement and prescribed burning.

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
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Southeast Regional Office
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Bill Graham
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Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
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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