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MDC invites new youth turkey hunters to a free clinic in Columbia and an opportunity to participate in a mentored hunt in April. First-time turkey hunters age 10 – 15 can register until March 27.

MDC Invites First-Time Youth Turkey Hunters to Free Clinic in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a free youth turkey hunting clinic on Saturday, April 1, followed by a mentored hunt the weekend of April 8 – 9. The clinic will take place 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the MDC Central Region Office, 3500…


Spotted Bass

MDC Sets New Truman Lake Spotted Bass Length Limit

Warsaw, Mo. – Anglers at Truman Lake will have increased chances to keep spotted bass as part of their creel limit. Beginning March 1, a new regulation will reduce the length limit on spotted bass caught at Truman Lake from 15 inches to 12 inches. Bass population studies by Missouri…


Early Summer Fishing Can Be Good in Ponds and Small Lakes

Early Summer Fishing Can Be Good in Ponds and Small Lakes

First there’s a splash and then rings of ripples move outward. Ponds and lakes become lively places in early summer as bluegills and bass chase bugs and minnows, a good thing for anglers. June and early July are good months to fish from shore in small waters. Insects, frogs and…


Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

MDC Announces Renovations of Busch Shooting Range

ST. CHARLES, Mo—The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Shooting Range will be renovated, beginning in January 2015, into an expanded, state-of-the-art shooting range with additional shooting stations and a new classroom facility for hunter education programs. To expedite the renovations to the existing site,…


Vintage Outdoor Gear Fills Pages of Calendar for hHnters and Anglers of Missouri

This companion to the Conservation Department’s popular Natural Events Calendar caters to those who pursue traditional outdoor activities. JEFFERSON CITY—Split-bamboo fishing rods, vintage shotguns and the beaming faces of successful hunters and anglers mark the passage of seasons in the 2009 Missouri’s Outdoor Heritage Calendar from the Missouri Department of…


Missouri Quail Numbers Down Statewide, Up in Managed Areas

Quail numbers are rebounding where sportsmen, citizen conservationists and conservation agencies are building suitable habitat. JEFFERSON CITY–2008 will not go down in history as a banner year for Missouri quail hunters, but bobwhites are making a comeback in places where sporting groups and conservation agencies have given the doughty little…


“Water” is the Important Word in Missouri Waterfowl Forecast

JEFFERSON CITY—Waterfowl hunters’ wishes came true this year when Missouri got more rain, but they backfired, damaging wetlands and reducing the availability of food that might induce ducks and geese to linger in the Show-Me State. Drought has plagued Missouri in recent years, hampering efforts to keep wetlands wet. This…


Archery in the Schools Program Off Like A Shot

In Missouri, the program has grown from no local programs to 15 in three months. JEFFERSON CITY-April 18 was the day before spring break at Shawnee R-III School in Henry County, and the little school’s hallways were electric with excitement. As a special treat to start their vacation, first- through…


Anglers Can Help Keep Slithery Menace Out of Missouri

The toothy Asian snakehead has turned up in Arkansas and could invade Show-Me State waters. JEFFERSON CITY-Some ecological threats are subtle, hardly drawing any notice except in scientific circles. Then there is the northern snakehead, an exotic invader so obviously evil it is difficult not to recoil in horror. At…


Frogging Season Opens at Sunset June 30

All you need for the sport is a flashlight and a pair of sneakers. JEFFERSON CITY-Monday sometimes gets a bad rap. Everyone has heard of blue Monday, the day you go back to work. But this year blue Monday has a green side. Monday, June 30 marks the opening of…