Outdoors

MDC reports 16,032 deer harvested during antlerless portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 16,032 deer during the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 3-11. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 451 deer harvested, Pike with 412, and Macon with 348.

Wintertime on an Ozark stream is can be just magical

By Bill Cooper
    Winter is a magical time on our Ozark streams. The summer crowds are gone, foliage is down exposing otherwise hidden gems, such as caves, springs, rock outcroppings, overhangs, and bluffs. Too, the water is often at its clearest. The river bottom becomes a virtual in-your-face experience. And an added bonus is the fact that cold weather fishing can be phenomenal.

Deer shot with a bow, a rifle, or both?

By Larry Dablemont
    I want to apologize to readers of this column for not having the publication, “The Truth About the Missouri Department of Conservation” mailed out yet. We are very, very close, so please be patient. If your name is not on the list to get that free publication, you need to call my office and being line to receive one. They have to be mailed out this month because postage increases after December, and we don’t want the additional expense. At this time the cost of 5,000 publications is nearly $6,000.

MDC tackles invasives through Scenic Rivers Invasive Species Partnership

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has recently gained significant traction in eradicating invasive plants in southern Missouri through collaboration with the Scenic Rivers Invasive Species Partnership (SRISP).

MDC and partners offer help for landowners wishing to improve glade, woodland, and forest habitats

The Missouri Department of Conservation in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invites landowners to receive technical and financial assistance through Regional Conservation Partnership Programs (RCPP). These programs benefit various types of habitats and are offered, by county, in select areas across the state. Applications must be received by Jan. 13, 2023 to be considered for this first round of funding.