Deer

Missouri Department of Conservation reports final deer harvest numbers for the season at 296,500

Missouri’s 2020-2021 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation reporting a preliminary total deer harvest for the season of 296,516. Of the deer harvested, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks, and 127,461 were does. Top harvest counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with 5,786 deer harvested, Howell […]

Antlered Deer in the forest

Department of Conservation reports 14,555 deer taken during alternative-methods portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 14,555 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 26 – Jan. 5. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 318 deer harvested, Callaway with 317, and Osage with 298. The harvest total for 2020’s alternative-methods portion was […]

Grundy County Courthouse Trenton Missouri

Grundy County Commission approves employee classification change and accepts resignation

The Grundy County Commission approved an employee classification change and accepted a resignation involving Grundy County Ambulance on December 29th. The employee classification change involved Sarah Crosson. She completed her paramedic training/certification to allow for the change. The resignation was from Emergency Medical Technician Lilly Simmons. Ambulance Director Steve Tracy and Billing Clerk Beth Leeper […]

Gene Gulkey posing with elk he shot on December 16

Missouri elk hunters go five for five in first sanctioned elk hunt

Missouri’s first elk-hunting season ended Sunday with all five of the hunters selected for permits harvesting bull elk during the firearms portion December 12-20. An archery portion ran October 17-25 with no harvests. The five Missouri hunters were selected for elk-hunting permits through a random drawing of more than 19,215 permit applications, including 33 for […]

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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 […]

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Department of Conservation closes Chillicothe and St. Joseph offices to the public due to rising COVID-19 concerns

The Missouri Department of Conservation has closed the St. Joseph and Chillicothe offices to the public due to rising COVID-19 concerns. MDC staff will still be able to answer phone calls to those offices. Sales of 2021 Natural Events Calendars will continue if arrangements by phone are made for contactless pickup outside the buildings. MDC […]

Deer and Turkey together

Missouri Department of Conservation sets deer and turkey hunting dates for upcoming seasons

At its December 11 open meeting in Jefferson City, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved the following recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for upcoming turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates. 2021 SPRING AND FALL TURKEY HUNTING DATES Spring Youth Portion: April 10 and 11 Regular Spring Turkey Season: April 19 through May 9 Fall […]

Missouri Conservation Commission approves Missouri Department of Conservation bear hunting framework

The Missouri Conservation Commission recently gave final approval to the Missouri Department of Conservation for the state’s first black bear hunting season framework. The Commission finalized the hunting season framework and related regulations at its December 11 open meeting in Jefferson City. The approved framework limits any future bear hunting to areas of southern Missouri […]

Deer beheaded by hunters

Missouri Department of Conservation asking for assistance in poaching incident

Conservation agents are looking for information regarding two bucks found with their heads cut off and dumped near Highway J in Livingston County. The Department of Conservation says the incident happened sometime between December 5th and 6th, and that both deer had been shot with large caliber rifles. If you have information that could assist […]

Antlered Deer in the forest

Nine Missouri state parks to temporarily close for managed deer hunts

To safely and effectively manage the deer population in some state parks, managed deer hunts are held in a coordinated effort between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The following parks may be temporarily closed on the specified dates listed below. Bennett Spring State Park […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation harvest numbers for antlerless portion of deer season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 15,425 deer during the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season this past weekend. That’s 4,500 more than the corresponding weekend last year across the state. This past weekend, the top harvest counties were Callaway with 438 deer harvested, Morgan with […]

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Record number of deer taken during second weekend of youth firearms season

The second weekend for youth firearms deer season took place Saturday and Sunday with Missouri noting a record number of deer taken for those specific dates. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 39-hundred deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of 2020 deer hunting. That was […]