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Conservation Considerations – The Bald Eagle

Conservation Considerations – The Bald Eagle

by Conservation Agent Michael Collins The Bald Eagle, haliaeetus leucocephalus, is a majestic bird of prey that flaunts an undeniably large wingspan and signature snow white head and tail. Mature bald eagles also have a dark brown body, a large-hooked bill, strong talons, and the irises of the eyes are yellow in color. Echoes of […]

MDC Stocks Urban Lakes For Winter Trout Fishing

MDC Stocks Urban Lakes For Winter Trout Fishing

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is stocking more than 70,000 rainbow trout in 31 urban-area lakes around the state, including Spur Pond in Kirksville, for winter trout fishing beginning Nov. 1. In addition to catch-and-release fishing through Jan. 31, many of these areas allow anglers to harvest trout as soon as they are stocked. […]

Andrew Feistel Named New Conservation Agent in Knox County

Andrew Feistel Named New Conservation Agent in Knox County

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has appointed Andrew Feistel as the new conservation agent for Knox County. Feistel is among eight new agents of the Department’s agent graduate class of 2015. Feistel served in the United States Air Force for nine years after graduating from high school. While in the Air Force, he received […]

FFA Trap Team Captures First Ever Area III Championship

FFA Trap Team Captures First Ever Area III Championship

The Area III Trap Shoot was held at the Highway 63 Gun Club shooting range outside of Macon, MO on Tuesday, September 22nd.  The Area III shoot consists of 23 schools, most of which have two or more teams.  The Memphis FFA Trap Team captured their first ever Area III Championship by besting the field […]

MDC Offers Effective Wingshooting Workshop In Scotland County

MDC Offers Effective Wingshooting Workshop In Scotland County

Hunters have long been leaders in conservation, helping Missouri develop regulations, improve habitat, and manage wildlife populations. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites migratory and upland bird hunters to hone their skills at an effective wingshooting clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Lake Show-Me Shooting Range in Memphis. […]

MDC Announces Waterfowl Seasons

MDC Announces Waterfowl Seasons

Duck numbers are high, but limited food and cover and warm weather may limit availability.  JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that duck hunters will again have a 60-day season for 2015-2016 hunting. The Missouri Conservation Commission set upcoming Missouri waterfowl hunting seasons at its Aug. 19 meeting. Duck season in […]

Scotland County Cowgirl Crowned 2015 LaBelle Rodeo Princess

Scotland County Cowgirl Crowned 2015 LaBelle Rodeo Princess

The LaBelle Rodeo Association hosted the 65th Annual Rodeo June 12 & 13. The LaBelle Rodeo is longest consecutive rodeo in Missouri. The Princess and Queen contest was held just prior to the rodeo performance on Friday, June 12. Contestants from the area participated in both a personal interview focusing on horse knowledge and LaBelle […]

Frogging Season Begins June 30 At Sunset

Frogging Season Begins June 30 At Sunset

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to discover nature this summer — and one fun and exciting way is through frogging. Frogging season begins Tuesday, June 30, at sunset and ends Oct. 31. Frogging can be done with either a fishing permit or a small game permit. Children under the age of 16 […]

MDC Asking Local Hunters to Kill More Deer to Help Slow CWD

MDC Asking Local Hunters to Kill More Deer to Help Slow CWD

Lifting antler-point restriction and increasing availability of antlerless permits in key central and northeastern counties aim to slow the spread of the deadly deer disease. JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking deer hunters in 19 central and northeastern Missouri counties to help limit the spread of a deadly deer disease […]

Taney County Angler Catches Record Striped Bass

Taney County Angler Catches Record Striped Bass

BULL SHOALS LAKE (TANEY COUNTY, MO) – Lawrence Dillman of Rockaway Beach became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a giant striped bass on Bull Shoals Lake using a rod and reel. The new “pole and line” record striped bass caught by Dillman on May 21 weighed 65 pounds, 2 ounces […]

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