Category Archives: Hunting/Fishing

MDC Forecasts Challenging Spring Turkey Season

Written on March 21, 2019 at 12:28 pm, by

Missouri turkey hunters can expect a challenging spring season according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 6-7. The regular spring season runs April 15 through May 5. Although the good hatches of 2011, 2012, and 2014 helped bolster turkey numbers in much of […]

MDC Seeks Public Input On Free Landowner Hunting Privileges

Written on March 6, 2019 at 3:24 pm, by

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking Missourians to take an online survey for their input on acreage requirements needed to receive free landowner deer and turkey hunting permits and free small-game hunting and trapping landowner privileges. Information gathered through the online survey will be used by MDC as it considers potential changes to […]

MDC Offers Grants For High School Fishing Clubs

Written on February 7, 2019 at 10:57 am, by

Grants can be used to help with travel, equipment, and other club needs. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering grants to assist high school fishing clubs in providing quality fishing programs for their members. Grants up to $500 are available to clubs that participate in approved conservation activities, such as […]

Hunters Harvest 12,080 Deer During Alternative-Methods Season

Written on January 8, 2019 at 12:22 pm, by

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 12,080 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 22 – Jan. 1. Of the total harvest, 3,081 were antlered bucks, 1,586 button bucks, and 7,413 does. Top harvest counties were Callaway with […]

November Firearms Deer Season Harvest Just Shy of 200,000

Written on November 29, 2018 at 9:39 am, by

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested a near-record 199,427 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 10- 20. Of the 199,427 deer harvested, 102,930 were antlered bucks, 19,924 were button bucks, and 76,573 were does. Top harvest counties were Franklin with […]

Youth Hunters Harvested 2,556 Deer During Late Portion Of Season

Written on November 27, 2018 at 12:47 pm, by

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 2,556 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2018 deer hunting season, November 23-25. Of the 2,556 deer harvested, 1,140 were antlered bucks, 336 were button bucks, and 1,080 were does. Top counties for the late […]

Thousands of Deer Hunters Have Helped MDC Collect 20,800+ Samples For CWD Testing

Written on November 26, 2018 at 11:02 am, by

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the thousands of deer hunters who participated in its mandatory CWD sampling efforts last weekend in 31 counties. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected more than 20,000 tissue samples last weekend from harvested deer for CWD testing. According to MDC, mandatory sampling dramatically increases the number of tissue […]

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 […]