Outdoors

MDC sets deer and turkey hunting dates for upcoming seasons

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Commission’s Dec. 13 meeting for upcoming turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates.

Take precautions with your dogs in cold weather

By Bill Cooper
    It’s true. A dog is man’s best friend. Ever since dogs were domesticated, they have been making great sacrifices for their owners. Dogs will go to great lengths to please their owners including subjecting themselves to extreme weather conditions. When does cold become dangerous to a dog’s well-being?

Forest Service prohibits hunting of feral hogs in MTNF

    Missouri took another step forward this month in the fight to eliminate invasive feral hogs in the state when the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) moved forward with prohibiting the hunting of feral hogs on public land in the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF).

Missouri State Parks encourages First Day Hikes to celebrate the new year

On Jan. 1, annual First Day Hikes will take place at 31 state parks and historic sites across Missouri. Participants can choose from more than 30 free, guided hikes that range in difficulty from easy to moderate, cover distances up to seven and a half miles and include a variety of trails in every region of the state.

Some wildlife hibernate, while others need a helping hand as they den up for winter

The first official day of winter is Dec. 21 and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says some wildlife may need a little bit of a helping hand as they try to stay warm through the freezing temperatures. Wildlife across Missouri have varying ways of overcoming the challenges winter presents. Kevin Brunke, a MDC natural history biologist, says there are several ways people can help winter wildlife, as not all of them can simply hibernate.