Missouri Department Conservation

MDC Encourages People To “Be Bear Aware”

Black bears are on the move in spring and summer so avoid feeding them and other activities that can lead to problems. (Photo courtesy of MDC)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to be “bear aware” this spring and summer. Black bears are on the move this time of year.

According MDC Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer, most black bears that cause problems in Missouri are young males that are looking for new homes in spring and early summer after dispersing from their mothers’ home ranges. In their search for food, these young males may come into contact with humans and cause problems.

MDC Offers 35th Annual FREE Kids’ Fishing Days At Missouri Trout Parks - May 2 and 16th

Get hooked on fishing with free MDC fishing events. Learn more about fishing in the Show-Me State (Photo courtesy of MDC) at mdc.mo.gov/node/89.

MDC, DNR, James Foundation host free fishing days for kids 15 and under May 2 and 16.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and The James Foundation, will offer FREE FISHING FOR KIDS ages 15 years and younger at Missouri’s four trout parks on two days in May. This is the 35th year for this free event to help kids discover fishing.

Free fishing for kids on May 2 at Montauk State Park

MDC and DNR will offer free fishing and other fun activities for kids ages 15 years and younger at Montauk State Park southeast of Licking on Saturday, May 2, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Young anglers can get their free trout tags at the registration booth from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and all day Saturday.

MDC Uses Computer And Satellite Technology For Deer Study

Biologists are tracking movements by deer trapped and outfitted with GPS collars. The five-year study will help guide white-tailed deer management in Missouri. (Photos by Billy Dooling, Missouri Department of Conservation)

King City, Mo. – Biologists for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) are learning more about white-tailed deer survival, reproduction and movement as a five-year study progresses. The new study utilizes computer, telemetry and satellite technology to track deer in partnership with researchers at the University of Missouri at Columbia (UMC).

Malta Bend Man Lands Record 120-Pound Blue Catfish With Trotline

Burr Edde III (left) of Malta Bend stands with his 120-pound-8-ounce record blue catfish hanging from a scale. His stepson Lucas Miller is on the right.

Burr Edde III breaks 50-year Missouri record for blue catfish caught using alternative method.(Photo Courtesy of MDC)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Burr Edde III of Malta Bend became Missouri’s most recent record-breaking angler when he landed a giant blue catfish on a stretch of the Missouri River in Saline County using a trotline.

The new “alternative method” record blue catfish caught by Edde on March 21 weighed 120 pounds, 8 ounces, with a length of 55 and 1/8 inches and a girth of 45 inches. Edde used cut Asian carp as bait.

MDC Says Spring Turkey Hunting Looks Good For Most Of Missouri

In spring, male turkeys (“toms”) begin gobbling to announce themselves to males and to attract females. Males perform elaborate strutting displays for females, spreading their tails like a peacock and puffing out their feathers. (Photo By: Jim Rathert)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri turkey hunters can expect a good spring season overall according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 11-12 for young hunters ages 6-15. The regular spring season runs April 20 through May 10.

“Hunters should generally expect similar opportunities as those during the past several seasons,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle. “Two-year-old gobblers won’t be as abundant as they were in 2014 in most areas due to lower poult production in 2013, but carry-over from previous years should provide some great hunting.”

MDC Reports 11 New Cases Of CWD In Missouri Deer

The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease in 24 Missouri free-ranging deer with four in Adair County, 19 in Macon County, and one in Cole County. (Photo courtesy of MDC)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that 11 new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) have recently been found in deer harvested in Macon, Adair, and now Cole counties. A buck harvested near the village of Centertown in Cole County is the first case of the disease to be found outside of the Department’s six-county CWD Containment Zone of Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph, and Sullivan counties. All previous cases have been limited to Macon, Linn, and Adair counties.

March 1 Marks Opener Of Catch-And-Keep Season At Missouri Trout Parks

MDC expects more than 10,000 anglers and will stock more than 33,000 trout on opening day.(Photo courtesy of MDC)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sunday, March 1, marks the opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing at the Show-Me State’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) permit records show that weekend trout park openers can draw crowds of more than 10,000 anglers.

MDC Offers Hunting-Skills Weekend For Families - March 13-15

Archery will be among the family activities offered at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Discover Nature – Families Hunting Skills Weekend workshop March 13–15 at Windermere Conference Center on Lake of the Ozarks. (Photo courtesy of MDC)

Learn basics of firearms, archery, and hunting during weekend at Windermere March 13–15.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites families to its first-ever Discover Nature – Families Hunting Skills Weekend workshop on March 13–15 at the Windermere Conference Center on Lake of the Ozarks.