Thursday, May 28, 2020

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

Apply by May 31 for MDC’s first elk hunt in the fall
at, through MO Hunting app,
or through a permit vendor.
Apply until May 31 at, through MO Hunting app, or a permit vendor.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – 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 will issue five permits for hunting bull elk with four being general permits for the public and one permit reserved for qualifying area landowners. For more information on elk hunting in Missouri, visit

Applicants must be Missouri residents at least 11 years of age by the first day of the hunt. Those selected to receive a permit must have their hunter-education certification or be exempt by age before they may purchase the permit.

Apply for the random elk-permit drawing online by May 31 at, through MDC's free MO Hunting app, through a permit vendor, or by calling 1-800-392-4115.

Applicants can check to see if they have been selected for an elk-hunting permit online starting July 1 at after logging into “Manage Your Account” and selecting “View My Special Hunt History.”

Missouri’s first pending elk hunt comes after years of restoration efforts of the once-native species by MDC, numerous partners including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and many supporters including local communities and area landowners. Learn more about elk restoration in Missouri at

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Missouri River flooding prompts MDC to close several conservation areas in northwest region

Areas are closed due to high water or access and public safety issues

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has closed several conservation areas in the state’s northwest region due to Missouri River flooding. Some areas are under water, others are inaccessible or will remain closed due to public safety issues until further notice.

MDC staff on March 19 continued to work with local farmers and the levee district to keep flood water from overtopping or breaching levees protecting farms and the Bob Brown Conservation Area near Forest City in Holt County. But other conservation areas to the north are flooded, said Blaine Adams, MDC disaster response coordinator. Some of those areas include flood plain acreage between the river and levees, while other areas are behind levees that have been breached by floodwater.

“About everything in Atchison County west of Interstate 29 is under water or is going to be soon,” Adams said of MDC areas.

MDC has also closed the Cooley Lake Conservation Area boat ramp in Clay County in the Kansas City area due to high water.

The following conservation areas or river accesses with boat ramps are closed in northwest Missouri.

Atchison County: Aspinwall Bend, Corning, Hoot Owl Bend, Langdon Bend, Lower Hamburg Bend, Upper and Lower Nishnabotna, and Watson Access.
Holt County: Bob Brown, Derion Bend, Monkey Mountain, Payne Landing, Rush Bottom Bend, Thurnau, Wolf Creek Bend.
Andrew County: Nodaway Island, Tom Brown Access, Worthwine Island.
Buchanan County: Dupree Memorial, French Bottoms Access at St Joseph, Jentell Brees Access, Kneib Memorial.
For more information on MDC conservation areas, including updates on closures, visit

Saturday, March 23, 2019

MDC hosts women’s shotgun clinic near Columbia April 2

Register today for a free opportunity to learn safe handling and shooting techniques.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to a free, basic shotgun workshop near Columbia on April 2. The program will begin with a brief classroom session at 6 p.m., followed by a live-fire session at a local shooting range.

Participants will learn about shotgun safety, handling, and shooting skills. This for-women, by-women workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate shooters.

“This class is for ladies and taught by ladies,” said MDC Conservation Education Consultant Emily Porter. “We want to provide a place to learn, ask many questions, and feel comfortable while trying something new. Shotgun shooting is a sport that hunters and non-hunters alike can enjoy.”

Following the classroom portion, ladies interested in advancing their knowledge on the range will have the opportunity to challenge themselves at trap and skeet shooting.

Firearms and ammunition will be provided, though participants are welcome to bring their own shotguns, cased and unloaded.

This workshop is free and open to women-only of all ages. Participants must preregister at With questions or for more information, contact Porter at (573) 815-7901, ext. 2964.

Powder Valley Nature Center presents Missouri Waters multimedia program April 5

music performance.

KIRKWOOD, MO.—The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center will host the Missouri Waters multimedia program featuring the Two Bobs Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to anyone age 12 and up.

It will be an evening of music, song, photographs, and thoughts on the beauty, health, and future of Missouri’s streams and rivers. The presentation is performed by the duo of Bob Ranney and Bob Korpella, both members of the Springfield Plateau Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists.

The Two Bob’s bringing together their diverse talents in one performance is truly a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

Ranney, a musician with a life-long passion for environmental quality, will perform music he has composed while spending years on our rivers. He’ll also share his insights about both the past and future of Missouri’s waterways.

Korpella is a chronicler of environmental issues as a photographer and freelance writer. He will present slides of his nature photography as well as experience and insight he’s gained on water quality from monitoring Missouri’s streams.

The duo will also bring real specimens of aquatic larvae and nymphs to give visitors a closeup look at these tiny creatures, which play a big role in the health of streams and revealing water quality.

Missouri Waters, a unique, educational, and entertaining multimedia experience, proves that two Bobs are even better than one.

Advanced online registration is required by going to

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270.  

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

Apply by May 31 for MDC’s first elk hunt in the fall at, through MO Hunting app, or through a permit vendor. Apply...