Category Archives: Hunting/Fishing

Young Deer Hunters Harvest 18,158 During Early Youth Season

Written on November 5, 2019 at 11:47 am, by

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages six through 15 harvested 18,158 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2019 deer hunting season, November 2 and 3. Of that total, 11,615 were antlered bucks, with 5,068 does harvested as well as 1,536 button bucks. Top counties were […]

Hemorrhagic Disease Outbreak in Northeast Missouri Deer Worst Since 2012

Written on October 7, 2019 at 8:46 am, by

While November’s firearms deer season is typically the busiest time of year for Schuyler and Scotland County Conservation Agent Shannon Smith, the Missouri Conservation representative has got this year off to an early start thanks to some pesky bugs. Northeast Missouri is being hit hard by the Hemorrhagic disease, caused in white-tail deer by biting […]

MDC, State of Missouri Increase Penalties For Poaching

Written on July 16, 2019 at 12:35 pm, by

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri legislature and governor have taken actions to increase penalties for those caught poaching Missouri game animals and other native wildlife species. Missouri Governor Michael Parson signed HB260 into law July 11. Called the Poaching Bill, it significantly raises fines for those convicted of illegally taking Missouri […]

MDC Finds More Deer With CWD, But Disease Remains Rare in State

Written on May 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm, by

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports 41 new positive test results for chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been confirmed following its sampling and testing of more than 32,000 free-ranging Missouri deer during its 2018-2019 disease-surveillance efforts. The 41 new positive test results bring Missouri’s total CWD detections to 116 since 2012. The new positives […]

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 […]