Outdoors

MDC says track summer birds near home for fun, learning

A variety of songbirds sing through summer in urban and rural areas Songbirds are free to roam, and their travels take them beyond wild places to the trees, shrubs, and grasses they find in cities or near rural homes. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to get outside this summer and look for

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Hunt squirrel and catch-and-keep black bass beginning May 23

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters and anglers that squirrel and black bass season opens May 23, the Saturday before Memorial Day. Squirrels The open season on eastern gray and fox squirrels runs May 23 through Feb. 15, 2021. Allowed methods are shotguns, rifles, and other legal firearm methods, as well as archery

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MDC reports spring turkey season ended with 41,454 birds harvested

Top harvest counties for regular season were Franklin, Callaway, and Laclede. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 38,730 birds during Missouri’s 2020 regular spring turkey season, April 20 through May 10. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 899 birds harvested, Callaway with 699, and Laclede with 651.

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2020 Cedar Co. spring turkey hunting season harvest summary

by: Tyler Green-Cedar County Conservation Agent As of 1pm on May 10, 2020, the 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting season closed. What follows is a breakdown of the turkey harvest totals for Cedar County. This year Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Season was open from April 4 to April 5. Youth turkey hunters harvested 40 turkeys this

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MDC offers TRIM grants to assist with community tree care

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is taking applications for its annual cost-share grants to assist government entities and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land. The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree

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An Uneventful Turkey Hunt…a Spectacular Turkey

I guess in most ways he was an easy gobbler. I can’t say there haven’t been many, many others that were more of a challenge. From his spurs it was apparent that he was old. But then so am I. On opening day I was too sleepy to get out of bed, so I didn’t

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Apply during May for MDC’s first elk hunts in fall

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting season in modern history starting this fall. MDC will issue five permits for hunting bull elk for the 2020 season this fall. Four general permits will be for the public and one permit will be reserved for qualifying area landowners. To apply

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MDC thanks paddlefish snaggers for help with research

Information from tagged fish helps biologists track paddlefish and the fishery’s progress The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) paddlefish program is getting help from anglers to keep the fishery healthy. The paddlefish snagging season opened March 15 and runs through April 30. Some successful anglers will find metal tags on the lower jaw or a

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Time to update MDC MO hunting app

Android and iOS users of MDC MO Hunting app need to update it for continued use. Hunters, anglers, and trappers who use the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free MO Hunting mobile app need to perform an update to continue to get the most current regulations and data information, as well as to apply for

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Last snagging report for the year

I called the MDC paddlefish expert, Trish Yasger, Monday and she returned my call later in the day. She said snagging is about the same as it was last week – fish are scattered with better success below Warsaw but some in Truman. A few bigger females are being taken but nothing like the 111

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