Several hunting “firsts” and numerous fishing records broken

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) had an assortment exciting news over 2021, including the state’s first black-bear-hunting season, the state’s first elk harvested with archery equipment, numerous fishing records broken, new “four-legged” and “two-legged” conservation agents, a new commissioner and more.

January

Renovation completed at MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery

The $1.9 million renovation project at the hatchery was a modernization of the facility for increased trout production and healthier fish. It also means that families who like to stroll along the raceways and see waters teeming with fish will have something to look at again. Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/renovation-completed-mdcs-roaring-river-hatchery.

MDC removes peregrine falcons from state endangered species list

MDC’s Peregrine Falcon Recovery Working Group has been studying the world’s fastest bird and determined that the state’s population and distribution of peregrine falcons warrant its delisting as a state endangered species while keeping it a species of conservation concern. Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/successful-recovery-efforts-prompt-mdc-remove-peregrine-falcons-state-endangered-species.

February

Wayne County angler catches world record-sized spotted gar

Congratulations to Devlin Rich of Williamsville on catching a new state record 10-pound, 9-ounce spotted gar while fishing with a pole-and-line at Wappapello Lake Feb. 25. His catch is not only the latest Missouri state record, but it beats the current spotted gar world record of 9-pounds, 12-ounces set back in 1994. Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/wayne-county-angler-catches-world-record-sized-spotted-gar.

March

MDC and A.T Still University ask Missourians to send ticks for research study

MDC and A.T. Still University in Kirksville partnered in a new research study asking people to save ticks they encounter and mail them to the University. The ticks will be used for two-year scientific research study to help better understand the statewide distribution of tick species and the human pathogens they carry. Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-still-university-ask-missourians-send-ticks-research-study.

Jefferson County angler catches new state record yellow perch

Congratulations to Sharon Christopher of Cedar Hill for catching a new state record 2-pound, 7-ounce yellow perch while fishing at Bull Shoals Lake March 7. Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/jefferson-county-angler-catches-new-state-record-yellow-perch.

Osage County angler catches 112-pound invasive black carp

Jesse Hughes of Bonnots Mill was originally catfishing with friends March 4 when he hooked a 112-pound invasive black carp from the Osage River. Black carp are on the MDC Prohibited Species List – a list of species that may not be imported, exported, transported, sold, purchased, or possessed alive in Missouri. Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/osage-county-angler-catches-112-pound-invasive-black-carp.

Missouri man pulls new state-record sucker from Roark Creek

Congratulations to Harvey Smith of Sparta for snagging a new state-record white sucker March 27 when he snagged the 6-pound, 2-ounce fish from Roark Creek in Taney County. The previous record under alternative methods was a 5-pound, 1-ounce fish caught from Lake Taneycomo.  Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/missouri-man-pulls-new-state-record-sucker-roark-creek.

APRIL

Missouri angler swipes state record for longnose gar

Congratulations to Anthony Schnur, Jr. of Pevely on catching a 32-pound, 10-ounce longnose gar from Table Rock Lake April 7 using the pole-and-line method. His current record breaks the previous record of 27-pounds set in 1999. Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/missouri-angler-swipes-state-record-longnose-gar.

Missouri man steals redear sunfish state record from friend

Congratulations to Alex Phillips of Ash Grove on becoming the new state record holder under alternative methods for a 1-pound, 12-ounce redear sunfish he caught while bowfishing at Table Rock Lake April 28. The previous record, caught by Phillips’ friend Josh Cole, was a fish caught nearly two years ago to the day. Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/missouri-man-steals-redear-sunfish-state-record-friend.

May

MDC Protection Branch to launch new canine unit this summer

MDC announced in May the summer launch of its new canine unit through its Protection Branch. The new unit, consisting of five dogs and their conservation agent-handlers, will be stationed around the state, and used as necessary to work throughout Missouri. Get more information and images at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-protection-branch-launch-new-canine-unit-summer.

USDA funds MDC to enhance cropland acres, restore and protect sand prairies

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service awarded Missouri $930,377 to create and implement management