Category Archives: Hunting/Fishing

MDC Reminds Deer Hunters About CWD Sampling, Carcass Disposal,  Share the Harvest

Written on November 8, 2018 at 10:18 am, by

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds deer hunters that it is conducting mandatory sampling and voluntary sampling of harvested deer to help find cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD). MDC encourages hunters to properly dispose of deer carcasses to help limit the spread of the disease. MDC also encourages hunters to Share the Harvest […]

Youth Hunters Harvest 13,500+ Deer During Early Season

Written on October 30, 2018 at 1:11 pm, by

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 13,608 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2018 deer hunting season, which ran October 27-28. Top counties for the early youth portion were Howell with 350, Osage with 316, and Franklin with 263 deer checked. […]

Conservation Conversations – Frogging

Written on July 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm, by

by Conservation Agent Nate Carr When I was a child the best way for my brothers, friends and I to beat the heat was to jump in the pond and go for a swim. The day usually consisted of cannonballs off the bridge and catching as many frogs, turtles, and crawdads as we could. Exhausted […]

Local Hunter Harvests Banded Turkey Part of 5-Year MDC Research Project

Written on May 1, 2018 at 12:02 pm, by

A five-year research program started in 2014 is still providing data in northeast Missouri thanks to the aid of hunters like Reba Morgan. The 23-year-old bagged a hefty gobbler on April 22nd in Schuyler County with the aid of her boyfriend Bryce Smith of Memphis. The turkey weighed in at 27 pounds and sported a […]

Young Turkey Hunters Harvest 1,723 Birds During Youth Weekend

Written on April 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm, by

According to preliminary data from Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 1,723 turkeys during the 2018 spring youth season, April 7-8. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 51 turkeys harvested, Miller with 43, and Maries with 43. Youth hunters checked in 15 birds in Scotland County, including 10 adult gobblers. Schuyler County […]

MDC Fox Valley 3D Archery Range Opening in April

Written on March 27, 2018 at 12:13 pm, by

Have you been cooped up by the weather this winter for far too long? Do you have the itch to get out and take a short walk in the woods? How about a walk with your bow and shoot some cool 3D targets? Well if any of this sounds like something you might enjoy, come […]

MDC Forecasts a More Challenging Spring Turkey Season For Hunters

Written on March 27, 2018 at 11:58 am, by

Poor turkey production in recent years has affected turkey numbers. Missouri turkey hunters can expect a more challenging spring season overall according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 7-8. The regular spring season runs April 16 through May 6. Although the good hatches […]

MDC Reports 15 New Cases of CWD Out of Nearly 18,400 Deer Tested

Written on January 18, 2018 at 9:44 am, by

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports 15 free-ranging Missouri deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) out of nearly 18,400 test results received so far for the season. The 15 new cases consist of: 1 from Cedar County from a hunter-harvested adult buck, 3 from Franklin County from hunter-harvested adult bucks, 1 […]

Conservation Conversations

Written on January 9, 2018 at 12:02 pm, by

By: Conservation Agent Nate Carr 1/7/2018 Cold Opportunities The cold has driven many of us to stay inside lately. We have to put on extra clothes, scrape ice off our cars, and take it slow on the roads. But, the cold has also brought with it a layer of snow for tracking coyotes, laid down […]

Hunters Harvest 10,025 Deer During Alternative-Methods Portion

Written on January 9, 2018 at 11:56 am, by

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,025 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran December 23 – January 2. Of the total harvest, 2,827 were antlered bucks, 1,312 button bucks, and 5,886 does. During the […]