Outdoors

MDC offers new 'Auto-Renewal' for easy online permit renewals

Renewing Missouri hunting, fishing, and trapping permits is now easier and more convenient through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new online Permit Auto-Renewal service. Permit Auto-Renewal allows online permit buyers to automatically renew their permits prior to the start of the next season or permit year so they never have an expired permit when they need it most.

Late Night Cathedral Cave Tours offered at Onondaga Cave State Park June 22

Join representatives from the Onondaga Friends Association for a unique, guided, late night Cathedral Cave Tour from 9:30 p.m. to approximately midnight June 22.

Photography tours of Onondaga and Cathedral caves offered at Onondaga Cave State Park June 23

Are you an avid and artistic photographer looking for a new and unique subject? Then look no further than Onondaga Cave State Park. Join a member of the Onondaga Friends Association with a passion for photography as she leads tours through two great caves for hours of photographic possibilities Sunday, June 23.

High water and rising temperatures equal great bass fishing

    The sweet scent of honeysuckle wafts through the open windows at my house as the sun peaks over the eastern horizon. I sip my first cup of morning coffee as I reminisce about the fabulous bass fishing trip I enjoyed with my 14-year-old granddaughter, Jaydin Cooper the day before. Thanks to high water and rising temperatures, we enjoyed an outstanding day of bass fishing together.

Follow these Bear Aware guidelines to stay safe in bear country and keep bears wild

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists remind hikers and campers to be Bear Aware while enjoying the summer months. The American black bear is one of the largest and heaviest wild mammals in Missouri. Though their population is slowly and steadily increasing in southern Missouri, many Missourians still aren’t accustomed to their presence. MDC’s Natural History Biologist Kevin Brunke said being Bear Aware is important as the bear population increases.