Outdoors

MDC and State of MO increase penalties for poaching

Governor signs bill that increases fines on poachers and MDC increases penalty points. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri legislature and governor have taken actions to increase penalties for those caught poaching Missouri game animals and other native wildlife species. Missouri Governor Michael Parson signed HB260 into law July 11. Called the

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MDC advises nature to nurture health and happiness

Work or school have you stressed? Need a break from the mundane? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recommends taking a dose of nature at least once a day to refresh and de-stress. Numerous studies have linked spending time outdoors to an increase in overall physical health. Being outside has been proven to reduce heart

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MDC announces changes to waterfowl reservations for fall hunting

Changes to managed waterfowl hunts will start this season. Applications open Sept. 1. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces changes to its reservation system for managed waterfowl hunts – starting this hunting season. MDC offers managed waterfowl hunting on more than a dozen conservation areas specially managed with a focus on wetlands. Hunters can

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MDC announces new state record for black bullhead catfish

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Cody Sparkman of Perryville for now holding the state record for black bullhead catfish. Sparkman caught a 2-pound, 13-ounce fish in a farm pond in Perry County July 21 using a jug line. The previous record was a 2-pound, 4-ounce fish caught in 2010 in Cass County. “I

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Wayne County angler reels in record spotted gar

MDC congratulates Mitchell Dering of Wappapello on his 6-pound, 2-ounce spotted gar caught in the St. Francis River. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that Mitchell Dering of Wappapello is the new state-record-holder for spotted gar. Dering caught a 6-pound, 2-ounce fish on the St. Francis River July 5 using the pole-and-line method. The

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Get fall deer and turkey hunting info from MDC’s new booklet

Missouri deer and turkey hunters can get the most current information on fall hunting from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) “2019 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting & Regulations Information” booklet, available where permits are sold and online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fall-deer-and-turkey-hunting-regulations-and-information. The booklet has detailed information on fall deer and turkey hunting seasons, limits, permits, managed

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MDC caving tours offer cool Missouri outings in summer heat

On a typical July day in Missouri, spending time enjoying the outdoors means swimming through the humidity. Rather than dripping in sweat, one group attending a class at Missouri Department of Conservation’s Runge Conservation Nature Center found themselves underground dripping with cool cave water. A group of participants traveled with Runge Naturalist Sam Stewart to

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Watch MDC meeting

Watch the Missouri Conservation Commission meeting live now at https://t.co/js2sKEhZBJ. https://t.co/4WP2sXui61.

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MDC announces plan for Missouri elk hunting

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shared its initial plan for a limited elk-hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Commission at the Commission’s public meeting June 28 at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City. The Commission gave its initial approval of the proposed plan, and MDC is asking for public comments. According to MDC Elk and

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