Missouri Hunting News

Bronzebacks and Bushytails are Legal May 26 in Missouri

Anglers generally are as disinterested in the opening dates for hunting seasons as hunters are in fishing-season dates, but the fourth Saturday in May is a red-letter day for both groups. That is opening day for squirrel hunting season and catch-and-keep fishing for black bass in Ozark streams.

Missouri Bear Awareness Extra Important in Springtime

Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer has a piece of advice for Missouri outdoors people and landowners: Be bear aware.

Beringer is the bear specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). When someone sees a bear somewhere in the Show-Me State, they call him. His phone rings more often each spring, and this year is no exception.

Missouri First-week Turkey Harvest Rebounds

–Missouri hunters shot more turkeys during the first week of the spring hunting season than they did during the same period last year. This is the first increase since 2004.

This year’s first-week harvest of 21,765 represents a 15.8 percent increase from 2011. It also is 2.1 percent more than the previous five-year average. Top counties were Franklin with 467 turkeys checked, Ste. Genevieve with 439 and Texas with 433.

Missouri First Turkey Awards Turn Memories Into a Mementos

With youth turkey season in the rear-view mirror and the regular, three-week season coming up fast, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters they can create lasting memories with the First Turkey Award.

The First Turkey Program provides free commemorative certificates suitable for framing. You can even add a photo of the proud hunter with his or her bird. Creating a tangible reminder of a once-in-a-lifetime experience begins with visiting mdc.mo.gov/node/10469. The same site has forms for a hunter’s first turkey or deer, for youths or adults.

NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program to Tour St. Louis Area Schools

Schoolchildren in St. Louis, Missouri will soon be hearing the lifesaving message of the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program. Eddie Eagle staff, along with the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department, will be presenting their award-winning program to students from four elementary schools in the St. Louis area from Monday, April 9 through Wednesday, April 11.

Missouri Bowfishing Duo Doubles Down on State-record Bowfin

A particularly successful night of bowfishing left one southeast-Missouri man with a state record and another thinking about what might have been.

Ben Fraley and David Warren, both of Sikeston, were bowfishing together at Duck Creek Conservation Area (CA) in Bollinger County March 23 when Fraley hauled in a 10-pound bowfin, a primitive type of fish. Soon afterward, Warren shot an 11-pound, 4-ounce bowfin.

“We laughed about it at the time,” says Warren. “It hadn’t been two minutes and I shot a bigger fish than his.”

“Subtending” Exercise Leads to Aha! Moment for Missouri Turkey Hunters

The staff at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center recently set out to teach turkey hunters how to estimate distance to their targets. In the process, they taught a much more important lesson.

Mike Brooks manages the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Outdoor Education Center at Bois D’Arc Conservation Area, near Springfield. He and his staff offered a training session to teach hunters about “subtending.” This technique enables hunters to accurately judge how far away a turkey is by the size of its head relative to the barrel of a shotgun.

Warm Weather Could Boost Missouri Turkey Hunters’ Long-term Prospects

Mild winter and early spring weather shifts the balance a little more in favor of a population rebound for Missouri’s wild-turkey flock, but it won’t have much effect on this year’s spring turkey season, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

Three More Cases of CWD Found in Free-ranging Deer in Macon County, Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received final test results today from tissue samples taken from 656 free-ranging deer harvested earlier this year. Results included three CWD-positives with two from adult does and one from an adult buck. The testing was conducted specifically for CWD sampling by MDC staff and area landowners over a 163-square-mile area in northeast Linn and northwest Macon counties.

Missouri Elk Restoration Enters Second Year

Missouri’s elk herd is growing on two fronts, and conservation officials express optimism that the second year of restoration work will benefit from experience gained in 2011.

Efforts to bring elk back to Missouri after a 150-year absence began in October 2010, when the Missouri Conservation Commission approved a restoration plan. The plan called for obtaining up to 150 wild elk from other states with established wild populations.