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Nearly 50 hikers join 105.7 FM on-air personality Jeff Burton for group hiking event at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 07, 2019
A group of intrepid hikers braved rain and mud and celebrated National Trails Month a month early.
Jeff Burton Hiking

Jasper County angler breaks 32-year hybrid bass record

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 06, 2019

MDC congratulates Cesar Rodriguez on catching a 21-pound, 11-ounce striped hybrid bass at Lake of the Ozarks.

Cesar Rodriguez with his prize striped hybrid bass.

Busch Conservation Area offers special scouting merit badge event June 29

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 06, 2019

Both Boy and Girl Scouts can participate in activities that will help them advance toward multiple merit badges.

A conservation agent speaks with a group of boy scouts in the 1950s.

MDC: Snapping turtles begin laying their eggs in June

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 06, 2019
Though intimidating to people, snapping turtles play an important role in nature.
snapping turtle

MDC: Follow these Bear Aware guidelines to stay safe in bear country and keep bears wild

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 05, 2019

Start by reporting all bear sightings to MDC.

A closeup of a black bear.

MDC’s top five fishing locations near Cape Girardeau

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 05, 2019

Anyone near Cape Girardeau has lots of close to home fishing options.

Rotary Lake

Flooding forces closure of MDC accesses on Osage River

News from the region

Central
Jun 05, 2019
The Osage River is now closed to recreational use from Bagnell Dam to the Missouri River.
Orange cones and hazard tape across road to conservation area closed from flooding

MDC: 2019 Free fishing days are this weekend

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 04, 2019
Anyone can fish without a permit in state waters June 8 and 9.
bass caught on fishing lure

MDC proposes new efforts to limit spread of CWD

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 04, 2019
Proposed regulations would change requirements for transporting deer carcasses and add carcass-disposal requirements for meat processors and taxidermists.
Two men drag a harvested buck through a field

MDC: Fish for free this weekend in Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 04, 2019
Anyone can fish without a permit in state waters June 8 and 9.
caught bass

MDC offers kayak clinic in Columbia June 11

News from the region

Central
Jun 04, 2019
Register to attend this FREE clinic and gear up for a summer on the water.
kayaking instruction

MDC offers Wingshooting for the Hunter workshop in Kirksville June 22

News from the region

Northeast
Jun 04, 2019
Participants will learn to hone hunting skills with non-toxic shot for migratory and upland bird species.
hunter shooting with dog in field

MDC temporarily closes Clinton office due to Truman Lake flooding

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 03, 2019
Water is over the main public entrance road
Line of sandbags protects MDC Clinton Office from flooding

MDC seeks public input on Atlanta Conservation Area and Long Branch Lake Management Lands in Macon County

News from the region

Northeast
Jun 03, 2019

Public can comment through June 30 on draft management plan.

White crappie

Public input sought for Little Sac Woods Conservation Area

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 03, 2019

Citizens can comment on MDC public use area's management plan throughout June.

The entrance sign to Little Sac Woods Conservation Area

MDC seeks public input for Texas County L-A-D Foundation Lands

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 03, 2019

This includes Horseshoe Bend, Piney River Narrows, and Dripping Springs natural areas.

Texas County LAD Foundation Lands

MDC raising prices $1 for staffed shooting range use

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 03, 2019
Fees will increase from $3 to $4 per round or hour, starting July 1.
Instructor showing person how to shoot at Dalton Shooting Range

MDC invites anglers to Shepherd of Hills Family Fishing Fair on Saturday

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 03, 2019
June 8 event at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery aimed for anglers age 15 and under.
boy with fishing pole

MDC, USDA, and Quail Forever offer Native Wildflower and Pollinator workshop June 18 in Warrenton

News from the region

St. Louis
May 31, 2019

This free workshop is designed to help landowners improve the natural quality of their land.

A landowner poses behind her wildflower garden.

MDC invites women to beginner shooting clinic series in Columbia

News from the region

Central
May 31, 2019
Register to attend a free series of training programs for women on beginner shooting basics.
woman shooting shotgun

MDC offers free fishing skills classes in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
May 31, 2019

Discover Nature — Fishing programs teach angling basics

MDC staff teach a mother and daughter how to fish.

MDC's Springfield Nature Center has a number of hiking events in June

News from the region

Southwest
May 31, 2019

Trail-trekking opportunities are a highlight of nature center's June schedule.

A woman with her baby go on a hike.

MDC holds St. Louis area teachers’ workshops for Discover Nature Schools’ K-5 units at Powder Valley Nature Center June 12

News from the region

St. Louis
May 30, 2019
Space is limited for these free workshops that will cover the Nature Unfolds and Nature Unleashed units.
Discover Nature Schools Kids Outside

MDC's lowland conservation areas and accesses in western Missouri flooded by high water

News from the region

Kansas City
May 30, 2019
Visitors should use caution in any low-lying areas
flooded conservation area

Busch Shooting Range holds FREE Learn to Shoot event June 3

News from the region

St. Louis
May 29, 2019

Sample a variety of shooting sports next Monday in an open house-style format.

A man learns to shoot a shotgun.

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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