MDC streamlines Nature Shop sales

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that sales of its Nature Shop items, such as books, DVDs, and music, will be limited to its nature centers and its online Nature Shop website at

Remembering an old ‘Bomber’ from Arkansas

    I left the University of Missouri in January of 1970 with a degree in wildlife management from the school of agriculture. A few days later I took a trip down into Arkansas on a whim, not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, just hoping someone down there might want to hire a naturalist.

How war effects wildlife: Results are stunning

    The hot, humid weather of South Vietnam had me sweating profusely. Fairly new in country, I had not quite become acclimatized to the extreme weather conditions. Lulled into a temporary stupor by the heat and the incessant “whomp, whomp, whomp,” of Huey helicopter blades, I returned to full alert when I felt the chopper drop altitude quickly and heard the M 134 Magnum (mini-gun) begin firing. My M-16A1 instinctively hit my shoulder before my eyes opened. I was ready to return fire.

MDC announces initial plan for Missouri elk hunting

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shared its initial plan for a limited elk-hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Commission at the Commission’s public meeting June 28 at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City. The Commission gave its initial approval of the proposed plan, and MDC is asking for public comments.

MDC encourages anglers to add color to their catches at trout parks

Fishing feeling a bit drab? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages anglers to add some color to their catches by getting hooked on rainbow trout at one of the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Maramec Spring Park near St. James, Montauk State Park near Licking, or Roaring River State Park near Cassville.