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 […]

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 […]

Cpl. Aaron Post Conservation Agent of the Year (2020)

Corporal Aaron Post named Missouri’s Outstanding Conservation Agent

Corporal Aaron Post of Platte County was recently named as Missouri’s Outstanding Conservation Agent for 2021 for his accomplishments and service to his community and conservation. A committee from MDC’s Protection Branch selected Post as outstanding agent. Cpl. Chris Ely of Texas County was runner up. Post was also selected as MDC’s Kansas City Region […]

Chillicothe Department of Conservation Sign

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 […]

Doe (Female Deer)

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 […]

Young Deer Hunter

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 […]

Female Hunter in Orange

Department of Conservation reminds hunters of hunter orange requirements ahead of firearms deer season

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters not to forget their hunter orange before heading out the door for the opening weekend of firearms deer season Nov. 14-24. Hunters must wear a hunter orange hat and a hunter orange vest, shirt, or coat. The color must be visible from all sides. Camouflage orange does not […]

Waterfowl at Fountain Grove Conservation Area

Department of Conservation announces daily waterfowl draw procedures for 2020 with COVID-19 restrictions

Procedures will be determined via communication with local county health departments and department staff.  Four procedure levels are available for 2020. All party leaders will be required to wear a mask while in a draw room facility and use hand sanitizer upon entry. Only party leaders will be allowed in the building and must have […]