Missouri Hunting News

Missouri Offers Turkey Patterning and Range Estimation Workshop

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free workshop for turkey hunters on patterning shotguns and improving range-estimation skills in preparation for the upcoming spring turkey season. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m. – noon at the MDC's Atlanta Conservation Area rifle range in Macon County.

Missouri Confirms Yet Another Mtn. Lion Sighting

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a mountain lion sighting in western St. Louis County. Garrett Jensen, of Chesterfield, recently contacted MDC with photographs taken Jan. 12 from a trail camera showing a mountain lion in a wooded area.

Missouri Elk Restoration Underway

Missouri's elk-restoration effort took a significant step forward Jan. 7 with the delivery of its first elk.

Workers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFW) captured a juvenile bull. Of the bulls captured as part of trapping efforts, only calves and spike bulls will be used for Missouri's restoration program, because mature bull elk with branched antlers are more difficult to handle and more likely to injure themselves or other captured elk.

Kentucky to Provide Elk to Missouri for Elk Restoration

Elk from Kentucky will begin arriving in the Show-Me State this coming spring, and preparations to trap and transport the animals are proceeding rapidly, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

In October, the Conservation Commission directed MDC staff to restore elk to a 346-square-mile area in Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties. The first step in implementing the plan was to find a state willing to share its elk.

Missouri Deer Season Harvest Fell 31% from Last Year

Hunters checked 15,226 deer during the antlerless portion of Missouri's firearms deer season Nov. 24 through Dec. 5, bringing the tally for the year to 217,281.

Top harvest counties for the 12-day antlerless hunt were Macon with 453 deer checked, Benton with 430 and Callaway with 401.

RMEF Helping Missouri Restore Elk

A national elk-conservation group whose support for elk restoration in Missouri dates back more than a decade is making good on its promise to financially support the current restoration effort.

Tom Jones, Senior Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), says the group already has raised enough money to begin paying for construction of an elk holding pen in Kentucky. The pen will hold elk during a precautionary quarantine period before they are relocated to Missouri.

Mtn. Lion Sighting in Missouri Confirmed

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently confirmed a mountain lion sighting in northwest Missouri. A landowner in southern Platte County near the Missouri River contacted MDC with a photograph he took on Nov. 26 of a mountain lion in a tree on his property.

"The photo is clearly of a mountain lion," said Jeff Beringer, resource scientist with the MDC's Mountain Lion Response Team. "We visited with the landowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, to confirm the location and to gather additional information."

Missouri's Fall Firearm Turkey Season Harvest 2nd Smallest in History

Hunters checked 5,928 wild turkeys during Missouri's fall firearms hunting season Oct. 1 through 31. It was the second-smallest harvest in the fall season's 33-year history. Top harvest counties were Greene with 199 turkeys checked, Franklin with 157 and Webster with 154.

Resource Scientist Jason Isabelle, who oversees the Missouri Department of Conservation's turkey-management program, said the harvest was about what he would expect based on the number of fall firearms turkey hunting permits sold.

Missouri Conservation Commission Approves Elk Restoration Plan

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved an elk restoration plan that includes health protocols, herd management guidelines and habitat management recommendations. Releases of elk could begin as soon as early 2011.

The plan calls for releasing wild elk in a 346-square-mile (221,509 acres) elk restoration zone in parts of Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties. The Conservation Department selected this limited restoration zone because of extensive public lands, suitable habitat, low road density, minimal agricultural activity and landowner support.

Missouri's Newly Renovated Jay Henges Shooting Range Reopens Oct 13th

Firearm enthusiasts now have a new, state-of-the-art facility in the St. Louis area where they can hone their marksmanship skills. After shutting down for extensive renovations in December of last year, the rifle/pistol range at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 13.