Outdoors

MDC seeks public input on free landowner hunting privileges

MDC asks Missourians to take survey at mdc.mo.gov/landownerinput by March 18. 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

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MDC workshop has tips on caring for trees after ice storm

Ice and snow have given trees in some parts of Missouri an unplanned winter trimming. Now homeowners are looking at the dangling branches of their favorite front-yard tree and wondering if the tree needs to be pruned or completely removed. People can get more information about what to do about ice-damaged trees in the Missouri

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MDC updates MO Hunting app with new layout, improved functions

Users will need to update MO Hunting prior to spring turkey hunting for proper telechecking. Turkey hunters, deer hunters, and others who use the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free MO Hunting app will need to perform a simple update to get the latest layout, features, and functions. The MO Hunting update includes improved telecheck

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Bass tourney on Stockton Lake

American Bass Anglers Division 126 will hold a tournament Saturday, Feb. 16. on Stockton Lake launching out of Old State Park. Director Mike Dill will be at the ramp at 6:30 a.m. to take registration. A mandatory briefing will begin at 7:30 followed by partner draw and boat positions. Tournament hours will be 8-3. This

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Public input sought for MDC’s Stockton Lake areas

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation-managed lands bordering Stockton Lake is among the areas currently under review. MDC is inviting the public to provide comments about the Stockton Lake Management Lands to aid staff in

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Missouri Department of Conservation: Trout harvest begins Feb. 1

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says trout may be harvested from Rotary Lake in Jackson, Giessing Lake in Farmington and Legion Lake in Perryville beginning Feb. 1. According to MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Mike Reed, fishing has been very good this winter due to relatively warm temperatures.  Anglers have reported success at all three

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MDC reminds anglers to properly discard used fishing line

Fishing line left on the bank or in the water can entangle wildlife The ice will thaw, days will lengthen, and anglers will find good late-winter and early-spring fishing. Walleye will make spawning runs, the spoonbill snagging season will begin. As fishing picks up, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds anglers to properly discard

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MDC urges winter caution during and after snowstorms

When winter weather hits, heavy snow, ice, and strong winds can take a toll on trees. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians to exercise caution when cleaning up after winter storms. When storms damage trees, clean-up and recovery can seem overwhelming. Some injured trees can be trimmed to maintain their health and value

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MDC test results reveal more deer with deadly CWD

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports 28 more deer from 11 Missouri counties have been found to have chronic wasting disease (CWD). This brings the number of cases of the deadly deer disease in Missouri to 103 since 2012. CWD is a deadly illness in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family,

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MDC reports final deer harvest for season more than 290,300

Missouri’s 2018-2019 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 290,339 deer. Top counties for the overall season were Franklin with 5,826 deer harvested, Callaway with 5,545, and Howell with 5,350. Of the 290,339 deer harvested, 136,776 were antlered bucks, 30,116 were button bucks, and

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