Category Archives: Outdoors

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 […]

Conservation Considerations – The Bald Eagle

Written on January 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm, by

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

Written on October 22, 2015 at 2:02 pm, by

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

Written on October 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm, by

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 […]