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MDC sets deer and turkey hunting dates for upcoming seasons

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 11, 2020
Firearms deer antlerless portion increasing from three days to nine.
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Conservation Commission approves MDC bear-hunting framework

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 11, 2020
MDC will recommend harvest, permit quotas in spring with possible first season in October.
black bear

MDC to temporarily close several southwest Missouri offices to public due to rising COVID-19 concerns

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 11, 2020
Affected MDC offices will be closed to public beginning Dec. 14.
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MDC to close Commission Headquarters, Runge Nature Center to public amid rising COVID-19 concerns

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 11, 2020

MDC Headquarters and Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City will close to the public beginning Dec. 14.

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MDC’s Prucinsky ‘incredibly excited’ to be named Cape Nature Center manager

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 10, 2020

Prucinsky said she’s excited to discover more about the unique natural history of Missouri.

Laci Prucinsky

New Dallas County conservation agent is not new to area

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 09, 2020

Derick Childers grew up in nearby Laclede County community of Conway.

Derick Childers

MDC offers free muzzleloading rifle clinic Dec. 12 at Parkville

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 08, 2020
Learn about historic and modern muzzleloaders
man shooting muzzleloader at Parma Woods Shooting Range

MDC virtual program to focus on rabbit hunting

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 08, 2020

Free online program will feature hunting strategies and tips on processing harvested game.

A family rabbit hunt

Discover Nature with MDC through Eagle Days on your own

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 08, 2020
Due to COVID-19, MDC will not host Eagle Days events this year but encourages people to watch eagles on their own.
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MDC reports 15,425 deer harvested during antlerless portion

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 07, 2020
Archery season continues through Jan. 15, alternative methods runs Dec. 26 – Jan. 5.
two does in field

MDC 2021 Natural Events Calendars available for half through Powder Valley Nature Center Dec. 8-19

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 04, 2020

Take advantage of this 10-day sale on these popular calendars and get contact-less pick up at the nature center.

2021 Natural Events calendar

MDC offers free firearm optics seminar Dec. 8 at Parkville

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 04, 2020
Learn how to select, install, and sight in hunting scopes
woman shooting rifle at range

Make wildlife ornaments with MDC’s Nature's Gifts program Dec. 13 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 03, 2020
MDC naturalists are offering free morning and afternoon classes, and including all materials required.
wildlife-inspired ornaments

Birds highlight Springfield Nature Center's December schedule

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 03, 2020

Programs on waterfowl, barred owls, and Big Year birding results are planned.

Barred owl on branch

Join MDC for virtual Venison Burger and Sausage Making class Dec. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 03, 2020

Learn to transform your harvest into delicious and healthy meats ready for the table.

Venison chili

MDC’s Cape Nature Center’s free December programs include candlelit wood walk, much more

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 02, 2020
Mark your calendar to attend this month’s family friendly events.
two boys at campfire

Learn to identify trees in winter at Dec. 12 MDC program near Branson

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 01, 2020
Program will include outdoor hike near Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.
trees in winter

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces December programs

News from the region

Central
Dec 01, 2020

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

Red bellied woodpecker at feeder

MDC's Springfield Nature Center trails to be closed Dec. 12-14 for managed archery deer hunt

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 01, 2020
Nature Center building will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 12.
Springfield Conservation Nature Center sign

MDC Dec. 9 online program has tips for preparing fish

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 01, 2020

Get tips on smoking, pickling, canning, and other ways to prepare fish from the wild.

Trout

Wildlife tracking program helps MDC, partners contribute to migratory bird research across the hemisphere

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 01, 2020

Motus Wildlife Tracking System allows researchers across the globe to gather and share information on migrating birds.

Common Nighthawk

MDC reports young hunters took 3,899 deer during late youth portion

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 30, 2020
Top counties for the record-setting late youth portion were Osage, Pike, and Franklin.
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MDC online program on Dec. 2 offers tips on grilling fish

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 30, 2020

Get information on the techniques and ingredients needed to grill or bake fish from the wild.

Fish on grill

Get creative this Dec. with MDC’s free wreath-making sessions

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 30, 2020

Each participant will receive a 12” wreath and additional materials to fashion a one-of-a-kind holiday masterpiece.

Holiday nature wreath

MDC offers special sales for 2021 Natural Events Calendars

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 30, 2020

Calendars celebrating nature will be 50 percent off Dec. 8-18 at nature centers

2021 Natural Events calendar

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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