Sports

Apply during May for MDC’s first elk hunts in fall

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting season in modern history starting this fall. MDC will issue five permits for hunting bull elk for the 2020 season this fall. Four general permits will be for the public and one permit will be reserved for qualifying area landowners. To apply

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Missouri State Parks announces phase one in resuming normal operations

Missouri State Parks, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, today announced phase one of a phased approach to resuming normal operations. While the vast majority of Missouri state parks and historic sites have remained open for day use, Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing

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MDC urges Missourians to keep wildlife wild

As the weather warms up and more people head outside, they may encounter a variety of newborn animals. Though young wildlife oftentimes appears to be abandoned, that’s usually not the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds residents that interfering with wildlife can do more harm than good. “Young animals are rarely orphaned,” said

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Give turtles a brake

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages drivers to be cautious on the roads this spring and give turtles a brake! These reptiles are often hit by cars during the warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are more active. Common turtles spotted crossing Missouri roads include three-toed box

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Enjoying Birds at Home

1. Put up a birdfeeder You can enjoy watching birds at your feeder year-round, or just in the winter when natural foods are tougher to find, especially with snow cover or very low temperatures. 2. Put up a birdhouse Male eastern bluebird perched at opening of wooden birdhouse. Depending on where you live, a birdhouse

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Haleigh Fike, age 14, of Harrisburg

Haleigh Fike, age 14, of Harrisburg was among young hunters who harvested their first turkey during last weekend’s youth turkey hunting. She took the 22.1-pound adult gobbler during an MDC managed youth hunt at the Green Conservation Area in Boone County. It had a 10.5-inch beard.    

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Hunters bagged 2,712 Turkeys

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young turkey hunters in Missouri harvested 2,712 birds over the past youth weekend, April 4 and 5. Top harvest counties were Miller with 74 birds checked, Franklin with 62, and Callaway and Sainte Genevieve with 60 each. Young hunters checked 2,546 turkeys during the

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