The elk that were reintroduced to Missouri in 2011 now number about 175 and the herd is expected to be close to 200 animals by fall 2020, when that historic hunt could be held.
Missouri Department of Conservation
Possibility of five elk hunting permits through a lottery system.
A trapper in Wayne and Bollinger counties reported significant declines in damage from the invasive animals since he adopted trapping technique.
Morel mushroom lovers in Missouri could luck out this spring.
Even though the MDC reports that more than 9,300 feral hogs were killed in the state last year – a more than 40 percent jump from the 6,500 killed in 2017 – it’s difficult to gauge whether control efforts are working to reverse the tide.
David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history
The 100 Wisconsin ruffed grouse were recently released in Missouri’s River Hills region, which is the largest contiguous block of forest north of the Missouri River. The birds will be followed by another 100 next year and 100 again in 2020.
Effort to translocate up to 300 grouse to Missouri over three-year period. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide Wisconsin DNR with a donation that will be used to create early-successional forest habitat in the areas where grouse trapping will occur. This work will benefit grouse and other wildlife species that depend on early-successional forest habitat.
A limited hunting season could be used to stop the herd from getting too large.
Ruling involved owners of hunting preserves who challenged regulations imposed by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 2014. The regulations attempt to help stop the spread of chronic wasting disease by limiting the importation of deer and elk into Missouri.
Management zones upped from 41 to 48 counties; agency will require landowners and hunters to stop feeding deer and placing minerals for them, starting July 1.
Invasive fish found on Missouri side of Bull Shoals Lake but, “Evidence suggests this is likely an isolated incident … and no evidence of a spawning population exists at this time.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An ongoing research project by the Missouri Department of Conservation has found that the state’s black bear population is growing. Researcher Laura Conlee told the Springfield News-Leader that Missouri has seen high survival rates for female bears, which leads to population growth. She says reported bear sightings are also increasing. Most black bears are spotted south of…
Hunting for morels the rage in southwest Missouri as mushroom season kicks off.
Brooding white pelicans sit on their nests at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation is investigating after seven white pelicans were fatally shot near the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal. The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that the carcasses of the federally-protected pelicans were found Monday. Matt Markley…
Missouri Department of Conservation mandating testing in effort to continue tracking how widespread the disease is in the state, and where the infected animals are found.
More than 75,000 rainbow trout (plus 193 lunkers) will be stocked in 32 urban-area lakes around the state, with many of these areas fishing-ready as soon as they are stocked.
She may be the first woman in modern Missouri history to successfully kill a deer with the ancient atlatl hunting tool. Missouri is one of three states that allow atlatls for hunting deer and turkey.
Canton man has been collecting them for more than 10 years and has amassed more than 120 antlers of various shapes and sizes.
Agencies have combined to trap and kill 2,332 feral hogs in the first three months of this year, almost half the total of 5,358 feral hogs captured in all of 2016.
Officials: Major drop in bat species numbers could interrupt food chain, cave ecosystems in Missouri
Searchers found few bats or found bats that were emaciated and had visible fungus caused by white-nose syndrome.
Bill would raise the fine to $5,000 for each hog released and the person responsible would also lose hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years.