Sex Offender

Audio: Missouri Senate gives final approval to legislation keeping sex offenders away from Missouri conservation areas

Legislation aimed at keeping registered sex offenders away from state Conservation areas has been given final approval today (Thursday) by the Missouri Senate. Riddle notes current Missouri law bans sex offenders from being 500 feet of public parks with playground equipment, public swimming pools, and children’s museums.     The only exception would be a […]

Sex Offender

Audio: Missouri Department of Conservation backs legislation keeping registered sex offenders away from conservation areas

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri support legislation aimed at keeping registered sex offenders away from state Conservation areas. House Bill 1090 is sponsored by State Rep. Barry Hovis (R-Whitewater), a former law enforcement officer with more than 30 years of experience. The House Public Safety Committee approved the bill 8-0, and it’s […]

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Audio: Missouri Conservation Department Director testifies against proposal to increase conservation commission’s size

The Missouri Department of Conservation director has testified against a proposal to increase the size of the Conservation Commission from four to nine, saying it could lead to regional favoritism. Conservation director Sara Parker Pauley testified last (Monday) night during a lengthy House committee hearing in Jefferson City.     Conservation director Sara Parker Pauley […]

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Department of Conservation foresters suggest ways to recycle those live Christmas trees

A live Christmas tree can give your home a one-of-a-kind ambiance during the holiday season. From the natural suppleness of its needles to that majestic stature, to the unmistakable evergreen aroma. But after the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean that your natural Christmas tree needs to retire. It can find a second career in […]

Bull Elk

Audio: Firearms Elk Season gets underway on Saturday for 5 lucky Missourians.

Missouri’s 1st firearms elk hunting season gets underway at 1st light on Saturday morning.     Yet only 5 Missourians will get the chance to shoot an elk tomorrow. The Conservation department issued the permits to 5 lucky Missourians randomly drawn from more than 19,000 applicants. Selected hunters representing Van Buren, Mount Vernon, St. Thomas, […]

Sex Offender

Audio: Some sex offenders could be banned from going near Missouri nature and education centers

State Representative Hannah Kelly of Mountain Grove wants to ban some registered sex offenders from going within 500 feet of any Missouri Conservation Department nature or education center. Under Kelly’s bill, violators could be charged with a felony.     The bill would apply to sex offenders who have committed certain sex crimes against children. […]

Feral Hogs

Audio: Missouri Pork Association backs feral hog hunting ban on federal land

The Missouri Pork Association supports the ban on public hunting of feral hogs on federal lands in the state. Director Don Nikodim says Missouri Pork is working with the state Conservation Department, DNR, and the Department of Agriculture which all support the ban.     The Conservation Department is training more staff this year to […]

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North Missouri Sportsman’s Alliance to hold antler scoring event in Chillicothe

The North Missouri Sportsman’s Alliance is sponsoring its annual free deer antler scoring day Saturday, March 16, at the Elks Lodge in Chillicothe. “We will again be providing certified Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett and Missouri Big Bucks scorers for area hunters,” said Steve Shoot, president of the NMSA. “This is free to […]

Deer

Missouri Supreme Court allows strict regulations on private deer hunting businesses

The Missouri Supreme Court has determined the state Conservation department has the authority to regulate private deer hunting ranches and Breeders.     The decision could have a major bearing on the private land hunting of highly coveted big antlered deer, for which some customers pay $40,000 to pursue.  After detecting dozens of deer in or […]

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Group wants to block Missouri lawmakers from involvement in the Missouri Conservation Department

The non-profit Missouri Conservation Federation wants lawmakers as far away from the state-run Conservation Department as possible. Federation Executive Director Brandon Butler says legislators, who have no control over the department’s budget, try to exert more power every year through various proposals. He thinks the efforts pose a danger to an agency with a reputation […]