Call to MDC’s Operation Game Thief hotline yields poaching arrest

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) credits public cooperation, investigative work, and an anonymous tip for a major poaching arrest near the Lake of the Ozarks.

Another working deer camp in the books

    For deer season this year I traveled to Shannon County where I participated in the third annual Driftwood Acres deer hunting camp. Seven of us gathered at Brandon Butler’s cabin on Sinkin’ Creek. A menagerie of outdoor media folks and friends arrived from as far away as California, Indiana and Tennessee.

Missouri State Parks asking assistance from trail users to test trail app

Missouri State Parks is asking for assistance from trail users to test a new trail app. Missouri State Parks is testing the new mobile trail app at four of its state parks. The four state parks that will be included in the test phase are Rock Bridge Memorial and Finger Lakes state parks, located near Columbia, and Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka state parks, located in the Lake of the Ozarks region.

MDC needs information on elk illegally shot in Carter County

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking the public for information regarding a female adult elk found shot and left for dead Monday morning, Nov. 18, on National Park Service property near the end of M Highway in Carter County.

New approaches needed to help keep hunting alive

By Bill Cooper
    Only four percent of Americans hunt. The days are long gone when our population was primarily rural, and it was a given that every farmhouse had a gun or two in it for hunting purposes. Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, quail, pheasants and waterfowl were common staples of farm families 90 years ago.