May 31 is last chance to apply for MDC’s first elk hunts in fall

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missouri hunters that the application period ends May 31 for Missouri’s first elk hunts this fall.
MDC will offer Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting season in modern history starting this October.

MDC considers regulation changes regarding coyote hunting and invasive species control

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri regarding coyote hunting and feral hog control. MDC is considering the changes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision, infrared, thermal imagery equipment or artificial light to hunt coyotes and from landowners to allow their authorized representatives to use night vision, infrared, or thermal imagery equipment without prior approval from a conservation agent to address damage caused by feral hogs.

Why can’t we keep the outdoors clean?

By Larry Dablemont
    I believe that we all should give maximum effort to leaving the outdoors and the world around us as natural and as clean as possible. Why are there so many who just don’t seem to give a darn? One of the most disgusting things I have ever seen at an Ozark Lake is at the launching ramp on Truman Lake at a site known as Fairfield. The history of that place is interesting.

Bedding bluegill offer fishing fun

By Bill Cooper
    It’s happening now. The annual bluegill spawn has begun and offers one of the best opportunities of fishing fun for the calendar year.
    Bluegills spawn from mid-May into August when water temperatures range from 65 to 80 degrees. However, the sunny, warm days of late May and June, with water temperatures in the 70- to 75-degree range, are the prime times to pursue these scrappy, saucer-shaped sunfish.

Get hooked on fishing with MDC Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag. Free Fishing Days is an annual MDC event that takes place statewide during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.