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MDC reports final deer harvest for season more than 296,500

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 20, 2021
Archery deer harvest was 67,180. Archery turkey harvest was 2,905.
buck in grass

MDC offers hunter education opportunities in near future

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 19, 2021

Individuals needing hunter education have classroom and online options.

Hunter education firearms training

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range holds beginning pheasant clinics and hunt in February

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 19, 2021

Both youth and adult first-timers looking to get a supportive start in the sport of upland bird hunting have an ideal opportunity.

A youth hunter and mentor bird hunting

MDC reminds shooters steel core and bi-metal jacket ammunition are not permitted at St. Louis region staffed shooting ranges

Jan 19, 2021

Ammunition with projectiles containing any steel is prohibited on the rifle/pistol ranges due to safety considerations and potential damage to range structures.

Target practice at outdoor shooting range

Powder Valley Nature Center’s Evening with Raptors goes virtual Jan. 29

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 15, 2021

This anticipated annual event will still carry on this year in an online format.

A raptor wearing a blinder

MDC offers free virtual field to freezer sausage making class Jan. 19

Jan 15, 2021
Learn how to turn wild game such as venison into sausage
sausage

2021 Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival cancelled; public can view bald eagles at Columbia Bottom Jan. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 14, 2021

The popular event has been called off for 2021 due to Covid-19, but Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is offering an alternative eagle viewing experience.

A bald eagle prepares to catch a fish in a lake.

Learn how to help wildlife survive winter with MDC and Pheasants/Quail Forever Jan. 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 14, 2021

This free program will teach home and landowners how they can help animals make it to spring.

A white tailed deer in winter

MDC partners with Deep Roots KC for free Native Plants at Noon programs in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 13, 2021

Sessions will help gardeners use plants that meet their landscaping goals

Cydney Ross and Alix Daniel

MDC invites public to learn maple sugaring at Rockwoods Reservation in January and February

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 12, 2021

A series of programs geared for both families and homeschoolers will reveal the secrets of creating maple sugar and syrup.

Maple jar

MDC offers free virtual clinic Feb. 7 on crossbow hunting

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 12, 2021
Learn about crossbow hunting gear and techniques
man and youth with crossbow

MDC’s cancels 2021 Rockwoods Reservation Winter in the Woods Festival for safety reasons

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 12, 2021

Due to concerns of public and staff health during the pandemic, the annual festival will not take place in 2021; but MDC hopes to resume it in 2022.

Winter in the Woods 2020

Enjoy a virtual Breakfast with the Birds and MDC Jan. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 11, 2021

This free program will provide the chance to learn about and view birds as participants relax with their morning coffee and breakfast.

Northern flicker rests at a bird feeder in winter

MDC offers free virtual backpack camping workshop Jan. 22

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 11, 2021

Online session will teach about trails, safety and comfort

A backpacker rests at an overlook

Best birding sites will be the focus of Jan. 13 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 08, 2021

Program will highlight 10 great birding sites in Missouri

White pelicans take off from wetland

MDC virtual program to focus on winter bird feeding

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 08, 2021

Jan. 13 event will discuss types of feeders, types of feed, and other details of winter bird feeding.

A house finch at a bird feeder.

Learn handgun care and cleaning at free MDC virtual class Jan. 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 07, 2021

New handgun owners will learn essential skills needed to maintain their handguns in top working condition.

Two men clean handguns.

MDC offers free virtual class to learn how to read animal signs Jan. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 07, 2021
Become a nature detective as you learn to interpret animal tracks and other signs wildlife leave behind.
turkey track

MDC inspires creativity with online bald eagle painting program Jan. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 07, 2021

This free virtual program will guide aspiring artists through the process of creating their own eagle painting.

Bald eagle illustration

MDC reports 14,555 deer taken during alternative-methods portion

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 06, 2021
Top harvest counties were Franklin, Callaway, and Osage.
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Kids can enjoy nature-oriented stories and songs at Jan. 13 MDC online event

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 06, 2021
Virtual program designed for ages 2-6.
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MDC offers free sessions on fire starting outdoors in wet winter weather

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 05, 2021

Learn how to keep warm while winter camping or backyard stargazing

A man chops wood

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces January programs

News from the region

Central
Jan 04, 2021

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

A silhouette of a bald eagle resting on a tree branch

MDC’s Cape Nature Center to offer Tree Tapping 101 program, much more in Jan.

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 04, 2021

Mark your calendar to attend MDC’s free in-person and virtual events this winter.

MDC staff teach a woman how to tree tap.

MDC Notable News for 2020

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 04, 2021
Despite COVID challenges, MDC staff continued and adapted conservation work.
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Bill Graham
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Jill Pritchard
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Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
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Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554