Category Archives: Hunting/Fishing

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 […]

Conservation Groups Help Hire New Land Management Specialist for Region

Written on December 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm, by

Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and its partners are pleased to announce the expansion of the Missouri Farm Bill Biologist Partnership with the hiring of three new positions throughout the state. The biologists – Wes Buchheit, Bryan O’Connor, and Wesley Hanks – will assist landowners in designing, developing, and funding habitat improvements on private lands through […]

REMINDER TO DEER HUNTERS: MDC needs your help opening firearms weekend to find CWD

Written on November 3, 2017 at 8:54 am, by

MDC is conducting mandatory CWD sampling of harvested deer in 25 counties November 11 and 12 and offering voluntary CWD sampling throughout entire deer season. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds deer hunters that it needs their help to keep the deadly deer disease called chronic wasting disease (CWD) from spreading to more deer […]

Spring Turkey Hunters Harvest 43,339 Birds

Written on May 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm, by

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 39,239 birds during Missouri’s 2017 regular spring turkey season April 17 through May 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 932 birds checked, Texas with 843, and Callaway with 697. Young turkey hunters harvested 4,100 birds during the 2017 spring youth […]

Scotland County Hunters Bag 31 Turkeys During Youth Season

Written on April 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm, by

According to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 4,060 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, April 8 and 9. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 118 birds harvested, Callaway with 91, and Gasconade with 87. Young hunters checked 4,167 turkeys during last year’s youth weekend. In Scotland […]

MDC Forecasts Good Spring Turkey Season For Hunters

Written on March 15, 2017 at 3:23 pm, by

Hunters should expect a similar spring turkey season as 2016. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri turkey hunters can expect a good spring season overall according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 8-9. The regular spring season runs April 17 through May 7. Although four […]

The Hunt After The Hunt

Written on February 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm, by

Conservation Considerations – by MDC Agent Michael Collins The month of February is quickly passing by, but the feeling of cabin fever is not. If you can’t seem to break the feeling of cabin-fever, here is a suggestion. Try shed hunting! As the winter months are nearing their end, what better pastime than going out […]

MDC Reports Three New Cases of CWD From Mandatory Sampling

Written on January 13, 2017 at 9:48 am, by

Final results from 19,200+ deer tested show total of five cases of chronic wasting disease, with none in Scotland County.   The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has received final results from the more than 19,200 tissue samples tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) following the Department’s mandatory sampling of deer harvested on […]