Outdoors

YOUNG BUCK CAUGHT PLAYING SOCCER

MDC Conservation Agents Alex Walker and Aaron Post rescued this young buck deer after it became entangled in a soccer goal net at a residence in Kansas City. They were able to cut the net away from the antlers and head and release the deer unharmed. Photos by Alex Walker, Missouri Department of Conservation

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MDC revises regulations regarding coyote hunting and invasive species control

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) updated regulations to the Wildlife Code of Missouri regarding coyote hunting and feral hog control at its Sept. 4 Conservation Commission meeting in Jefferson City. The change comes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision, infrared, thermal imagery equipment, or artificial light to

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MDC sets proposed bear-hunting framework for future seasons

Missourians asked to provide feedback Oct. 16-Nov. 14 on the proposed framework. The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved a proposed hunting framework by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for a potential future black bear season in Missouri. The Commission approved the framework at its Sept. 4 open meeting in Jefferson City and is asking

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STORMS

Some years back I took a pair of northerners on an Ozark float trip and in mid-afternoon dark clouds began to form to the west, with the ominous roll of thunder in the distance. I knew of a big, deep cave nearby with a dry floor, so I secured the boat in a protected spot

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MDC, partners bring the ‘squeak’ back to Missouri through Brown-headed nuthatch reintroduction

With the help of partnerships and extensive habitat restoration, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is delighted to bring the once-native Brown-headed Nuthatch back to Missouri. Reintroduction efforts were made possible through MDC’s partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service’s Mark Twain National Forest, Ouachita National Forest and Northern Research Station, the University of Missouri, and

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MDC offers a number of hunter education opportunities

Individuals needing hunter education have classroom and online options. Many people are starting to prepare for this fall’s hunting seasons. If taking hunter education is one of the things you need to do to enjoy firearms hunting opportunities this year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has several options available. Individuals born on or after

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A Dead Deer in the Pond

A lady sent me an email about finding a dead buck deer in her pond, and another reader called to say he had found one in his pond too. Both were afraid the deer had Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy, which is the real name of what is commonly referred by a common term, ‘chronic wasting disease’,

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MDC reminds hunters and others of new CWD regulations for cervid carcasses

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters, meat processors, taxidermists, and others of new regulations now in effect regarding transporting deer, elk, and other cervid carcasses into Missouri and within the state, and of new regulations on cervid-carcass-disposal requirements for meat processors and taxidermists. The new regulations of the Wildlife Code of Missouri are

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MDC invites people to virtual program

Fishing for catfish has long been an activity that has provided angling excitement and excellent table fare. Individuals interested in learning more about how to catch these popular sportfish by alternative methods (trot line or some other type of set-line device) should plan to attend the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Catfishing –

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MDC suggests evaluating late-summer habitat to help quail

Bobwhite quail pairs may still be raising young broods in August Bobwhite quail need quality places to feed, rear young, and hide from predators. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) suggests late summer is a good time to evaluate quail habitat on farms and acreages. For more quail, or to keep “bob-white” whistles as a

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