Have any nature lovers on your holiday gift list? The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) online Nature Shop makes holiday shopping a breeze for anyone interested in nature-themed gifts. Offerings include the ever-popular Natural Events Calendar, plus a variety of books and more for all ages. Visit the MDC online Nature Shop at mdcnatureshop.com for nature-related holiday gifts.
By Larry Dablemont
As the seasons roll on in the outdoors, year after year, I see the strangest things…things I haven’t seen before. That happened again. Last week on one of those 70-degree days, with clouds moving in before the rain, I went to visit one of my favorite places on the river about five miles above an Ozark lake.
By Bill Cooper
Amidst tornado warnings and torrential rains, Missouri deer hunters bagged 80,550 deer on the opening weekend of Missouri’s firearms deer season. Of the 80,525 deer harvested, 48,695 were antlered bucks, 6,867 were button bucks, and 24,963 were does.
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 176,604 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 14-24. Of the 176,604 deer harvested, 95,654 were antlered bucks, 16,045 were button bucks, and 64,905 were does.
Top harvest counties were Howell with 3,496 deer harvested, Franklin with 3,409, and Texas with 3,374.
Missouri state parks and historic sites remain open, including day-use areas, lodging, campgrounds, boat ramps and trails, and will continue to operate under normal off-season hours. However, beginning this week, Missouri State Parks will temporarily close indoor spaces, including visitor centers, nature centers, museums and offices. Park and historic site outdoor spaces and amenities will remain open and available under normal off-season status, unless otherwise designated.