Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation to temporarily waive fishing permits starting Friday

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Commission announce they are temporarily waiving permit requirements for sport fishing and daily trout tags for Missouri residents and nonresidents whose fishing privileges are not otherwise suspended. The waiver of needing a permit or trout tag to fish will run from Friday, March 27, through […]

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Audio: Missouri House set to vote on $30 billion state budget on Wednesday

The full Missouri House is set to vote tomorrow (Wednesday) on a proposed 30-billion dollar state operating budget, which includes about 13-million dollars in federal funding for coronavirus response. House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith voted for a bipartisan amendment in committee, to accept that federal funding.     That money would be used for […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation forecasts challenging spring turkey hunting

Missouri turkey hunters can expect a challenging spring season according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 4 and 5 followed by the regular spring season April 20 through May 10. MDC Turkey Biologist Reina Tyl expects spring turkey hunting to be challenging. “A […]

Audio: Missouri Department of Conservation to consider changing the definition of a handgun

The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing the definition of a handgun.     After more and more hunters are using modified AR-style weapons to take down game during the “alternative methods” season when rifles and shotguns aren’t allowed. The new definition would limit barrel length to sixteen inches, and not allow any sort […]

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation now requires landowner registration for free and discounted permits

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds Missouri resident and nonresident landowners who qualify to receive free or discounted deer and turkey hunting permits to register their properties in MDC’s new Landowner Permit Registry either online or by completing a paper application. Starting this year, resident landowners with 20 or more contiguous acres and nonresident landowners […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation reports final deer season totals

Missouri’s 2019-2020 deer hunting and fall archery turkey seasons ended Wednesday. The Missouri Department of Conservation reports a preliminary total deer harvest of 285,483. One hundred thirty-three thousand nine hundred fourteen were antlered bucks, 27,931 button bucks, and 123,638 does. Top harvest counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with 6,247 deer checked, Callaway […]

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Several landowner meetings to be held in northern Missouri regarding Conservation Reserve Program

Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency will host several landowner meetings in Missouri. Information will be presented showing the options of the Conservation Reserve Program and other conservation programs along with a highlight of updated rental rates at two meetings in the […]

Farm Bill seminars to be held in Kirksville

The 2018 Farm Bill contains several new provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs. University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host an educational meeting on Thursday, December 19th from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Missouri Department of Conservation Regional Office, […]

Antlered Deer in the forest

Deer hunters harvest more that 266,000 deer to date

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,543 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season Friday through Sunday. According to figures from the department, that’s four thousand more than the same period last year. Top harvest counties from the weekend were Callaway with […]

Antlered Deer in the forest

November firearms deer season ends with total harvest of 178,936

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 16- 26. Of the 178,936 deer harvested, 91,420 were antlered bucks, 17,237 were button bucks, and 70,279 were does. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,008 deer […]

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Call to Missouri Department of Conservation’s Operation Game Thief leads to arrest

The Missouri Department of Conservation credits public cooperation, investigative work, and an anonymous tip for a major poaching arrest near the Lake of the Ozarks. Throughout the month of October, conservation agents who work the area near the Lake of the Ozarks responded to multiple complaints of dead deer with only the heads, tenderloins, and […]