Missouri Hunting News

Missouri Youth Turkey Hunting Seminar - August 27th

A turkey hunter seminar for youths ages 8 to 17 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the University of Central Missouri trap and skeet range in Warrensburg. The range is located west of 501 Road and Division Road.

The J.A.K.E.S Outdoors event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Stealth Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The event is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required by Aug. 22. Youths 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch will be provided.

Missouri Announces Deer Season Changes for 2011-12 Season

Hunters will find seasons and regulations for Missouri's 2011-2012 deer-hunting season similar to last year's. Exceptions include the timing of the Early Youth Portion of Firearms Deer Season and new counties where unlimited antlerless permits are available.

Missouri Elk Released From Holding Pen

Missouri's 34 restored elk, plus five new calves, were released June 1 from their three-acre holding site at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Peck Ranch Conservation Area. The release followed final approval of stringent health-testing protocols by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

The Peck Ranch Refuge Area will remain temporarily closed to the public to allow the adult elk and new calves time to acclimate to the area with a minimum of human disturbance.

MDC staff believe that additional cows remain pregnant with calving expected anytime.

Missouri WOW Event June 4-5

Are you looking for family fun with an outdoor twist? If you want to experience something new and learn more about the outdoors, WOW St. Louis is for you. Enjoy a day filled with outdoor activities at the 2011 WOW St. Louis event to be held in Forest Park on Saturday, June 4. This exciting experience begins that morning with classes in a variety of outdoor skills and ends with a cookout on Saturday night, followed by an overnight camping experience.

Missouri Fishing Record Set With Invasive Species

Gene Swope, Excelsior Springs, and his grandsons will always remember April 23, 2011, as the day they set a Missouri State fishing record. Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson shares their excitement, but he has mixed emotions about the monster fish that earned them a place in the record book.

Missouri Grant Helps Group Introduce Youth to Hunting Traditions

A $10,000 grant from the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation is boosting an organization that introduces youths to hunting traditions.

The Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation, based in Pleasant Hill, Mo., conducts clinics and guided hunts to introduce young people ages 9 to 17 to hunting. The non-profit group recently used the grant money to purchase equipment needed to conduct clinics such as firearms training gear, trap shooting equipment and youth model firearms, plus a trailer to haul the gear to clinic sites.

Missouri's First Group of Elk will Arrive End of April

The first group of elk that are part of the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) elk restoration project are scheduled to arrive in the state on April 30. The 34 elk will complete their 90-day quarantine and final health testing in Kentucky before being transported by a semi-driven livestock trailer to Missouri. The elk will be released from Kentucky pending approval by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA). The elk also have been fitted with ear tags, microchips and GPS collars.

Missouri Youth Turkey Season on Par with 2010

Fortune smiled on young hunters during Missouri's spring youth firearms turkey season April 9 and 10, enabling them to shoot an impressive 3,898 turkeys.

This was the second year in a row of warm, sunny weather for the youth season, encouraging hunters age 6 through 15 to spend plenty of time pursuing gobblers. This year's harvest was nearly identical to last year's figure of 3,945. Top counties for this year's youth season were Franklin with 101 turkeys checked, Wright and Callaway with 77 each and Polk County with 75.

Missouri's Turkey Numbers Looking Good

Hunters in northern Missouri can expect to see a few more jakes during the spring turkey season, and hunters statewide will have more mature gobblers to hunt this year. Otherwise, the 2011 spring turkey hunting forecast from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) looks a lot like those for the past few years.

Missouri Offers Youth Turkey Hunting Clinic

Hunters age 9 through 15 who want to learn about turkey hunting can register for a youth turkey hunting clinic April 2.

The clinic is co-sponsored 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.