Missouri Hunting News

Missouri Turkey Hunting Clinic Open to Youths Ages 9 Through 15

Hunters age 9 through 15 who want to learn about turkey hunting can register for a youth turkey hunting clinic March 24.

The clinic is cosponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Everhart’s Wilderness Lodge. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lodge, which is northwest of Clinton.

Cape Girardeau Nature Center, Missouri, Offers Program on "Orphaned" Wildlife

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host Baby Animals, a Nature Center at Night event on March 8 from 5-8 p.m. Participants will learn what to do if they find young wildlife. A presentation at 6 p.m. will give information on what to do to keep them healthy and wild.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Naturalist Greg Jacobs said spring is a great time to observe wildlife and it’s an important season for animal populations as this is when most young are born.

Attend Mountain Lion Workshop at Powder Valley Nature Center, Missouri

Confirmed sightings of mountain lions in Missouri have been on the rise for over a year, prompting curiosity, concern and fascination for these elusive big cats. In response, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri/St. Louis (UMSL) are teaming up to host the two-day Cougar Ecology, Behavior and Verification Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, at MDC's Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood.

Workshop Series at Henges Shooting Range, Missouri Aims to Improve Turkey Hunting Skills

The 2012 spring turkey season runs from April 16 through May 6 with the spring youth turkey season running March 31 and April 1. The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is offering a series of workshops during the month of March to help hunters get more out of the upcoming spring turkey season. These include special presentations by the state’s turkey biologist, turkey calling and hunting techniques, and shotgun patterning.

Missouri Archery Deer, Turkey Harvests Up From Last Year

Bowhunters posted increases in both deer and turkey harvests during Missouri’s 2011-12 archery deer and turkey hunting seasons, topping the previous year’s figures by more than one-third.

Missouri Hunters Can Certify Racks at Henges Range Antler-scoring Event

How does this rack stack up? It’s a question many hunters ask when admiring the antlers from a proudly harvested buck. The Deer Antler Scoring event at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center on Saturday, Feb. 18, can provide the answer.

CWD Found in Two Free-ranging Deer from Macon County, Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received two positive test results for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from 1,077 tissue samples taken from free-ranging deer harvested by hunters in north-central Missouri during the 2011 fall firearms deer season. Both positive test results were from adult bucks harvested by Missouri hunters in Macon County, and are the first CWD-positive results for free-ranging deer in Missouri.

MDC plans to obtain more tissue samples for CWD testing by harvesting additional deer in the immediate area where the two infected deer were harvested.

Missouri's Managed Turkey Hunt Application Deadline is Feb. 29

Turkey hunters have until Feb. 29 to apply for managed hunts during Missouri’s 2012 spring turkey season. All 19 managed turkey hunts are listed in the “2012 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information" booklet.

Young Male Mountain Lion Trapped, Released in Reynolds County, Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has examined and released a male mountain lion trapped by a private citizen in Reynolds County.

Reynolds County Commissioner Wayne Henson called Conservation Agent Eric Long this morning and reported catching the 122-pound mountain lion on Wednesday. Henson said the cat entered a large, cage-type live trap that he set on Mark Twain National Forest land to catch bobcats, coyotes, raccoons and other mammals.

Missouri DC Offers Money to Landowners, Farmers for Habitat Development

Landowners and farmers can receive incentive payments from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for developing habitat in areas that are marginal crop ground. The department’s annual idle-land-set-aside program is intended to provide rabbit and quail habitat on drought-prone sandy soils.

According to MDC Private Lands Conservationist (PLC) Brandon Wirsig, this program is just one of many private-land incentive programs MDC hopes landowners will take advantage of.