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The Lure of Trapping

After centuries of being hunted and trapped, most of Missouri’s native wild creatures are still here. Many of them are as abundant now as they were 300 years ago. For a long time, people believed that wildlife was doomed to disappear as humans changed the landscape. It was only a little more than 100 years ago that serious attempts to manage the state’s wildlife began, and only about 75 years ago that science-based game management began.

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Thursday 01/07/2016
Young Hunters Check 2,520 Deer During Late Youth Portion
Posted: January 07, 2016

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young deer hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 2,520 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2015-2016 deer hunting season, which ran Jan. 2-3. Last year’s late youth portion harvest total was 1,123.

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About 11,000 Deer Killed During Alternative Weapons Season
Posted: January 07, 2016

Missouri conservation officials say hunters using muzzleloaders and other alternative weapons killed 11,061 deer during a special season.

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Apply online for MDC spring managed turkey hunts
Posted: January 07, 2016

Missouri youth, archery, and firearms turkey hunters can apply online for 2016 spring turkey managed hunts between Jan. 8 and Feb. 29 through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at http://mdc.mo.gov/node/11252">http://mdc.mo.gov/node/11252. Managed hunt details and application procedures are outlined on the webpage. Drawing results will be available March 14.

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Wednesday 12/30/2015
Conservation Department Promotes Barton to Protection District Supervisor
Updated: December 30, 2015 - 9:55 am

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces the promotion of Billy Barton of Iron County to Protection District Supervisor. In his new duties, Barton now supervises conservation agents in Iron, Reynolds, Wayne and Butler counties.

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Thursday 10/29/2015
2015 Waterfowl Season Outlook at Duck Creek
Posted: October 29, 2015

As waterfowl migration begins to increase and we approach the upcoming hunting season staff are preparing habitat. Wetland management is the primary focus this fall, while renovation activities from a few years ago take a back seat. During the dry weather in October, staff have created openings in the thick vegetation in Units A and B with a disk to stimulate aquatic bugs as the churned ground and plants become flooded. These disked openings also help show the flooded habitat from the air and allow birds to begin to access the vegetation from the side. Water is and will be added throughout the coming weeks to flood the low ground and build up to provide water depths adequate to distribute hunting opportunities across the area.

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MDC Names New Deputy Directors
Posted: October 29, 2015

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces changes to its leadership team with the Nov. 1 appointments of Jennifer Battson Warren to the position of Deputy Director–Business and Aaron Jeffries to the position of Deputy Director–Outreach and Policy.

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Refuge Areas to Close for Waterfowl Season
Posted: October 29, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake announces the opening and closing schedule of the Asher Creek and Lost Creek Waterfowl Refuges during the upcoming duck season in the middle zone.  These refuges were established to provide resting places for migrating waterfowl in the Mississippi flyway.  Starting Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, until Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016,  portions of both refuges will be closed to vehicle and boat traffic.  We remind visitors that foot traffic is still welcomed during this time.

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Thursday 10/22/2015
Madison County Welcomes New Conservation Agent Kyle Dunda
Updated: October 22, 2015 - 10:01 am

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has appointed Kyle Dunda as the new conservation agent for Madison County. Dunda is among eight new agents in the Department’s 2015 agent graduation class. 

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