Category Archives: Hunting/Fishing

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 […]

Conservation Considerations

Written on December 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm, by

by Conservation Agent Michael Collins Since 2001, the Conservation Department has tested more than 43,000 deer across the state for chronic wasting disease, also known as CWD. As of June 2015, CWD has been detected in 26 free-ranging deer in Macon (19), Adair (6), and Cole (1) counties, and 11 captive deer in Linn (1) […]

MDC Announces Deer Regulation Changes

Written on December 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm, by

JEFFERSON CITY – At its meeting on December 11, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the 2016-2017 deer-hunting season and the 2016 turkey-hunting seasons. The recommendations include turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates, changes to turkey-hunting allowed methods, and changes to the deer-hunting season structure and allowed methods. […]

Conservation Considerations – Alternative Methods

Written on December 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm, by

by Conservation Agent Michael Collins At the close of the Youth, November and Antlerless portions of the 2015 Firearms Deer Season, we witnessed an improvement in harvest numbers. According to the preliminary harvest data, during the November portion 189,938 deer were harvested.  Of these harvests (2015), 92,020 were antlered bucks, 21,256 were button bucks and […]

Conservation Considerations

Written on December 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm, by

by Conservation Agent Michael Collins Missouri is a great place to hunt, fish and trap. Trapping is among the most primitive forms of outdoor enjoyment, which holds a stake in Missouri’s diverse wildlife resources and its rich history. However, trapping did not originate from Missouri or North America, for that matter. Trapping is an “art” […]

Hunters Harvest 189,938 Deer During November Firearms Season

Written on December 1, 2015 at 8:37 pm, by

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 189,938 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, November 14-24. Of the 189,938 deer harvested, 92,020 were antlered bucks, 21,256 were button bucks, and 76,662 were does. Top harvest counties were Texas with 4,544 deer checked, […]