Category Archives: Hunting/Fishing

Conservation Considerations – Frog Season

Written on June 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm, by

  by MDC Agent Michael Collins Here it is, already the middle of June. Soon it will be the hottest time of the year, and, with already experiencing high temperatures, it’s looking like it will be a scorcher this summer. While it is so hot, many folks would rather be out when it cools down […]

Deer Management for Local Landowners

Written on June 13, 2016 at 11:28 pm, by

The two primary ways white-tailed deer are managed in Missouri include harvest and habitat management. Deer have large home ranges; therefore forming landowner deer management cooperatives is an excellent way to help manage habitat and harvest of deer on your property and surrounding land. A landowner cooperative is simply a group of adjoining landowners and […]

Conservation Considerations – Free Fishing Weekend

Written on June 7, 2016 at 2:13 pm, by

by MDC Agent Michael Collins This coming weekend (June 11-12) is the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Free Fishing Weekend. Free Fishing Weekend offers an opportunity for folks to sample the Show-Me State’s abundant fishing resources. By sample, I mean that anyone can fish without a permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag – […]

Conservation Considerations

Written on May 24, 2016 at 6:12 pm, by

by MDC Agent Michael Collins With the continued discovery of CWD there are upcoming regulation changes that folks need to be aware of. Effective May 30, 2016, the use of grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable products used to attract deer are now prohibited year-round in the following 29 counties: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, […]

Regular Spring Turkey Season Ends With 44,187 Birds Harvested

Written on May 10, 2016 at 9:04 pm, by

Top harvest counties were Franklin, St. Clair, and Texas. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 44,187 birds during Missouri’s 2016 regular spring turkey season April 18 through May 8. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 961 birds checked, St. Clair with 878, and Texas with 861. Young […]

Conservation Considerations – Youth Turkey Season

Written on April 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm, by

by MDC Agent Michael Collins The youth turkey season is now behind us and we are pushing forward to the regular spring turkey hunting season. Opening morning of the youth season was awful frigid to start, but the turkeys were fired-up.  Here in Scotland County, we were down 6 birds from the 2015 harvest numbers. […]

Conservation Considerations – Crappies

Written on April 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm, by

by MDC Agent Michael Collins As the weather gets warmer, the grass gets greener and Missourians begin to enjoy the great outdoors. Spring is amongst us, which means the crappie will soon be spawning. Crappies are one of Missouri’s most popular game fish. One reason is that crappies have an eagerness to bite. Secondly, Missourians […]

Conservation Considerations – Spring Turkey Hunting Season

Written on March 29, 2016 at 2:04 pm, by

by MDC Agent Michael Collins Spring is here and it is that time of the year that hunters are getting geared up for the spring turkey hunting season. It’s a great time to begin blowing the dust off of the turkey calls, buying stock in insect repellent, and making sure your gear is up to […]

MDC Says Spring Turkey Season Looks Good for Hunters

Written on March 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm, by

An abundance of two-year-old gobblers should make for an enjoyable 2016 season. 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 9-10. The regular spring season runs April 18 through May 8. Although turkey abundance […]

Late Youth Season Hunters Harvest 2,520 Deer Across Missouri

Written on January 7, 2016 at 11:54 am, by

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young deer hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 2,520 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2015-2016 deer hunting season, which ran January 2-3. Last year’s late youth portion harvest total was 1,123. Scotland County youth hunters rang in the New Year with […]