Hunting & Fishing

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public input to conserve endangered species in the Midwest while encouraging clean energy‏

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public input to conserve endangered species in the Midwest while encouraging clean energy.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading development of a Habitat Conservation Plan for the Midwest that will conserve endangered species, promote development of clean energy which in turn will reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. 

Act now to avoid hunter education rush

 Jim Low, JEFFERSON CITY–New hunters and those who want to mentor new hunters should plan now for the approaching hunting season, according to the MDC.

 

MDC no longer issue permits for big-game hunting and wildlife breeding facilities

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Friday afternoon the Missouri Conservation Commission approved changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that indefinitely suspend issuing permits for new big-game hunting facilities and new wildlife breeding facilities in Missouri that hold white-tailed deer or mule deer.

MDC offers bright side for drought-lowered fishing ponds

Photo by Kaylin Bade

Bill Graham, MDC,
KANSAS CITY, Mo
-- There are some upsides to this summer’s withering heat and drought conditions that have lowered pond and lake levels.

In ponds with deep enough water for fish to survive, the big fish are eating well. For pond owners, low water offers a good time to make improvements in ponds that can help in future drought.


Wildlife Habitat Farm Tour

If you would like to learn how to manage your property to improve habitat for deer, turkey, quail, small game, songbirds, pollinating insects and other wildlife, this farm tour is for you!

Missouri anglers can get hooked with free "Find MO Fish" mobile app

View location maps, get driving directions and find exact locations of underwater fish structures.

MDC, JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri anglers can now get high-tech help locating fishing spots with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Find MO Fish mobile application for smart phones, tablets and other mobile communication devices.

Bowhunters needed for MDC wildlife observation survey

Joanie Straub, MDC, JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages all bowhunters to participate in its annual bowhunter observation survey.

 

Deepening drought affects forests, fish, wildlife

MDC is working with partners to address drought effects on citizens, forest, fish and wildlife.

Jim Low, JEFFERSON CITY– Everything from trees to fish are feeling the pinch of heat and drought, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is tracking the effects of extreme summer weather and doing what it can to help people and nature.

Celebrate milestone years with MDC at Missouri State Fair

Rebecca Maples, JEFFERSON CITY, Mo -- It will be a year of anniversaries at the 2012 Missouri State Fair.

Various factors contributing to recent elk deaths in restoration centers


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is awaiting additional laboratory test results to help determine the causes of recent elk deaths, including six cow elk.

Waterfowl forecast brilliant, teal season 16 days

Blue-winged teal.  Photo courtesy MDC.  Breeding numbers are at record levels for several species.

Jim Low, MDC, JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – The results of this year’s North American Duck Breeding Population Survey are in, and the news is excellent, beginning with news that Missouri will have a 16-day early teal season.

MDC opens gate on second elk cohort


This year’s crop of elk increased by 10 before even leaving the pen. 
Photo by: Kevin Muenks, MDC.


SUMMERSVILLE–Missouri’s free-ranging elk herd got a boost Tuesday, as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) released 33 elk at Peck Ranch Conservation Area (CA) in Carter County. Another release of 13 elk is planned for Saturday on neighboring land in the elk-restoration zone.

“Frog days” of summer begin at sunset June 30


Put down the blackberry bucket and pick up a frog gig.  Photo by MDC Staff.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missourians can celebrate summer with a favorite outdoor pastime, as frogging season begins at sunset June 30.

Invasive Crayfish Regulation Discussions Continue


Photos courtesy Ernie Buchanan and Tom Heutte

JEFFERSON CITY
—The Department of Conservation continues to gather information to make an informed scientific decision on invasive crayfish.

Quail Forever Talks Pollinator Importance at Missouri Field Day


Recently hatched Northern bobwhite quail chickPhoto by: MDC staff

Columbia, Mo. - Quail Forever (QF) and partners will be participating in the 2012 Bobwhite Quail and Native Pollinator Field Day at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center on June 21 from 1pm – 7pm.

Coble "lands" 90-pound Tarpon - Patience pays off for Zobrist

Photos by Lauren Zobrist

Pictured left to right, Scott Coble with good friend Brad Zobrist, both graduates of New Haven, fights the 90 pound Tarpon.

In northwest Missouri, officials schedule town meeting about rare deer diseased

(Photo/MO.Gov)
Missouri News Horizon

As it moves east across the continent, the Missouri Department of Conservation is trying to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state’s deer population.

Jason Sumners, a deer biologist with the department, said once the disease gets into a deer herd, there is little more than can be done to prevent the disease.

Bronzebacks and bushytails are legal May 26

Photos courtesy MDC.

Jim Low, JEFFERSON CITY–Anglers generally are as disinterested in the opening dates for hunting seasons as hunters are in fishing-season dates, but the fourth Saturday in May is a red-letter day for both groups.

Regular spring turkey harvest totals 40,447, total of 44,766 including youth weekend

Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Hunters checked 40,447 turkeys during Missouri’s regular spring turkey season, up by 2,120 from 38,327 last spring, or about one percent.

First-week turkey harvest rebounds, Jakes make the difference

JEFFERSON CITY–Missouri hunters shot more turkeys during the first week of the spring hunting season than they did during the same period last year. This is the first increase since 2004.

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