Category Archives: Outdoors

Conservation Considerations

Written on August 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm, by

by MDC Agent Michael Collins Fall is quickly approaching, but, summer has not hit its last life yet. August marks a time of change for wildlife and humans as well. Soon children will be back to school, and in the wild, skunks will begin to live on their own. Pioneers called this small black and white […]

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

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, […]

Conservation Considerations – Adopting Wildlife

Written on May 10, 2016 at 6:40 pm, by

by Missouri Conservation agent Michael Collins We are nearing the time of year where young, fuzzy wildlife will arrive. While you’re out walking around and enjoying the outdoors, it would not be uncommon to stumble upon fawns, coyote pups, hatchlings or any other sort of young.  Many Missourians will come across fawns without their mothers […]

Fungus Afoot

Written on April 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm, by

by MDC Agent Michael Collins If there was a season that could be considered paradisiacal, it must be an everlasting April. There is something special to say about this time of year while the turkeys are strutting and filling the morning air with their language, when the crappie are biting, and folks are out seeking […]

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 […]

Discover Nature Girls Camp

Written on March 22, 2016 at 5:44 pm, by

by MDC Agent Michael Collins The Missouri Department of Conservation will be offering its ninth annual Discover Nature Girls Camp.  It is a free three-day, two-night girls’ camp aimed at introducing young ladies ages 11–15 to different outdoors skills in a supportive learning environment.  In 2015, the camp will be held July 12, 13, and […]

Conservation Considerations

Written on February 23, 2016 at 10:10 pm, by

The Hunt After The Hunt 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 […]

Hunter Education Skills Session

Written on February 16, 2016 at 10:57 pm, by

by Conservation Agent Michael Collins The next Hunter Education Skills Session is scheduled for March 15, 2016. The class will be held at the Firehouse in Memphis, from 5 PM to 9 PM. Please register for the Hunter Education Skills Session by going to This will be a skills ONLY session. Participants MUST complete the […]