Hunting & Fishing

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Tune in this Sunday for the 75th Anniversary Television Show‏ which traces Missouri’s conservation history

Historic audio, video and photos document progress, promise.

JEFFERSON CITY–Missourians can take a trip through their state’s conservation history starting April 14. That is when the Missouri Department of Conservation’s 75th anniversary documentary will begin airing on television stations statewide.

Bowfishing duo doubles down on state-record bowfin, but realized too late they could have had two records

Photo courtesy MDC.

PUXICO–A particularly successful night of bowfishing left one southeast-Missouri man with a state record and another thinking about what might have been.

Missouri awarded honor of Top State for Camping

— The people have spoken: Missouri is the No. 1 state for camping in the U.S.

Youth turkey harvest up, Franklin top county

JEFFERSON CITY–Wonderful weather and an uptick in statewide turkey population helped young hunters to a successful youth spring turkey hunt.

Warm weather could boost turkey hunters’ long-term prospects

Mild winter and early spring weather shifts the balance a little more in favor of a population rebound for Missouri’s wild-turkey flock, but it won’t have much effect on this year’s spring turkey season, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

Missouri State Parks announces Camp Smart program‏

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri State Parks encourages its visistors to help implement a green initiative, Camp Smart, throughout its park system that will help conserve energy, protect the environment and save money. Reducing energy use will also help Missouri State Parks keep camping fees low.

WildHeart offers music and environmental message in Missouri state parks‏

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The music and environmental message of Wildheart will be heard again in five Missouri State Parks in spring 2012. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, with grant support from the Missouri Arts Council, these performances are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.

Senate votes new penalty for careless hunters


Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri hunters involved in the accidental death of another person could soon face stiffer penalties.

Missouri Department of Conservation notes CWD in free-ranging deer

Missouri News Horizon
- Biologists with the Missouri Department of Conservation hope to contain a brain disease that affects wild deer in a small area of Macon and Linn counties.

More than 1,300 students to compete at state archery tournament

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – More than 1,300 student archers from around the state will compete in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) 2012 state tournament. 

Elk restoration enters second year - video

Photo courtesy MDC.

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri’s elk herd is growing on two fronts, and conservation officials express optimism that the second year of restoration work will benefit from experience gained in 2011.

Invasive Species Week has special significance in Missouri

Missourians who care about conservation can help protect the natural world by participating in this national observance.  Photo of a Rusty Crayfish courtesy MDC Staff.

Parker gets her first buck

Pictured above is Parker Pitzen.  Photo taken by Jamie Menke-Pitzen

Parker Pitzen, 11, of New Bloomfield shot her first buck on Jan. 8, 2012 while hunting with her dad, Mike, during youth season.

Waders banned in Missouri trout waters to prevent "rock snot"

Didymosphenia geminata, an invasive algae, forms slimy mats that smother fish eggs and makes water sports unpleasant.  Photo by: New Zealand Fish and Game

New MDC regulation takes effect March 1 to help keep Missouri a great place to fish.

Chronic Wasting Disease found in two free-ranging deer from Macon County

JEFFERSON CITY Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received two positive test results for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from 1,077 tissue samples taken from free-ranging deer harvested by hunters in north-central Missouri during the 2011 fall firearms deer season. Both positive test results were from adult bucks harvested by Missouri hunters in Macon County, and are the first CWD-positive results for free-ranging deer in Missouri.

Deadline announced for Managed Spring Turkey Hunts - drawings to be held starting in mid-March

Houf Wild Turkeys, courtesy MDC.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Turkey hunters have until Feb. 29 to apply for managed hunts during Missouri’s 2012 spring turkey season.

Gallery of photos released by MDC of mountain lion trapped by citizen

The 122-pound male mountain lion (above) recovers from sedatives.

Photos by Candice Davis, Missouri Department of Conservation

The mountain lion trapped by a private individual in Reynolds County Jan. 4 is shown below in the trap.

Top 2011 conservation news from the MDC

With news flashes about everything from elk and hellbenders to mountain lions, 2011 was anything but dull. 

Muzzleloader harvest tops 15,000

Missouri’s muzzleloader harvest continues to grow with increased opportunities and advances in muzzleloading technology.

MDC Photo By: David Stonner

Auditor's report - Conservation department spends 1.23 million to reintroduce 39 elk

By Tim Sampson
Missouri News Horizon

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