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Missouri Department of Conservation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s 2022-2023 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total deer harvest for the season of 299,721. Of the deer harvested, 140,736 were antlered bucks, 27,029 were button bucks, and 131,956 were does. Top harvest counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with […]

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missouri landowners who get no-cost or reduced-cost deer and turkey landowner hunting permits through its Landowner Permit Application process that it may be time to reaffirm or update the property information they submitted to MDC. Under the MDC Landowner Permit Application process, Missouri landowners with […]

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to take advantage of the lack of foliage on conservation areas (CA) this winter and observe birds in their natural habitats. Birdwatching, or birding, is a relaxing hobby that can be done both in rural and urban settings. Getting started birdwatching is simple; find […]

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 8,599 deer during the alternative methods portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 24 – Jan. 3. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 200 deer harvested, Harrison with 186, and Macon with 162. The harvest total […]

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Missouri boasts one of the largest deer herds in North America, topping one million in number.  Missouri’s deer herd has been affected by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in several counties.  CWD is a prion disease, or a disease that affects an animal’s nervous system. CWD affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer, and moose. […]

KIRSKVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to spend a few relaxing hours with MDC staff learning the art of fly-tying. Many different materials will be available for use, and participants will be taught how to fly-tie. There will be four separate events for participants to choose from to learn this […]

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulated 17 new conservation agents upon their graduation from MDC’s 2022 Conservation Agent Training Academy in October. Since then, these new conservation agents have been gaining experience in the field training program. Now, the new agents are looking forward to becoming familiar with their assigned counties. Missouri’s […]

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invites farmers and landowners to apply to receive technical and financial assistance through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Programs are offered by county, and applications must be received by Jan. 13, 2023, […]

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently set turkey and deer hunting dates for the 2023-2024 seasons along with regulation changes for the 2023-2024 deer-hunting season. The regulation changes include a new firearms early antlerless portion, a new firearms CWD portion, and changes to firearms antlerless permit numbers in most counties. The […]

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the many deer hunters who participated in its mandatory sampling efforts in 34 counties this past weekend to test for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in harvested deer. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected tissue samples from more than 19,400 hunter-harvested deer for CWD testing on […]