Outdoors

MDC reminds people to celebrate safely

As people celebrate this summer, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds everyone to be careful with fireworks, campfires, and other sources of fire that could cause a wildfire.

Apply online for MDC managed deer hunts starting July 1

Beginning July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state for archery, muzzleloading, and modern firearms from mid-September through mid-January at conservation areas, state and other parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public areas. Some managed hunts are held specifically for youth or for people with disabilities.

Make a splash this summer during frogging season

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to discover nature this summer during frogging season. Beginning June 30 at sunset through Oct. 31, those with a fishing permit or small-game hunting permit may frog for bullfrogs and green frogs.

Bennett Spring State Park hosts How to Build a Fly Rod workshop June 26 and 27

Bennett Spring State Park invites the public to a two-night workshop on fly rod building at 6 p.m., Friday, June 26 and 6 p.m., Saturday, June 27.

Meramec State Park welcomes World Bird Sanctuary for Raptor Basics Program June 13

Meramec State Park invites the public to “Raptor Basics,” a special program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 13. Come out to learn why these birds are so special, what you can do to help ensure their survival and what role they play in our environment. Although none of the birds will fly, the birds will be on the gloves of a World Bird Sanctuary naturalist.