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Missouri Department of Conservation Seeks Public Input for Little Sac Woods Conservation Area
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Missouri Department of Conservation Seeks Public Input for Little Sac Woods Conservation Area

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state.  Little Sac Woods Conservation Area, in Greene County, is among the areas currently under review. MDC is inviting the public to provide comments about Little Sac Woods Conservation Area to aid staff in developing a 25-year management plan for the popular public use area.  Interested persons or groups – including recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials and government agencies – can preview the draft management plan and share comments online June 1-30 at www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans. The 772-acre Little Sac Woods Conservation Area is located in northern Greene County just west of Mi...
Many MDC Conservation Area and River Accesses Affected by High Water
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Many MDC Conservation Area and River Accesses Affected by High Water

Kansas City, MO (STL.News) - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that many conservation areas and river or lake access sites in western Missouri are inundated or being affected by high water. Many boat ramps and parking lots are unusable due to high water or flood damage. Visitors should use caution in all low-lying areas. Some sites are above water but access roads are flooded or muddy. For example, the Golden Valley Shooting Range near Clinton and Truman Lake is closed and unreachable because of water over roads. In northwest Missouri, some areas along the Missouri River have been closed for weeks due to ongoing flooding or access issues. The Bob Brown Conservation Area and Thurnau Conservation Area are closed. But with moderate flooding along rivers and mor...
Application period for 2019 Wisconsin elk hunt opens May 1
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Application period for 2019 Wisconsin elk hunt opens May 1

MADISON, WISCONSIN- Following the state's first elk hunting season in history, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced preparations for another hunt this fall. For a chance to participate, interested hunters are encouraged to submit their elk hunting application starting May 1. "The chance to pursue yet another great big game animal in Wisconsin is very appealing for a lot of hunters, as was clear with almost 38,500 applicants last year," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist. "It may seem like steep odds to draw a tag, but your chances are just as good as the next person. I encourage everyone to throw their hat in the ring to be one of the lucky people with an opportunity to hunt Wisconsin elk in October." Last year marked Wisconsin's first managed elk hunt i...
Missouri Department of Conservation encourages public to be “Bear Aware” this spring
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Missouri Department of Conservation encourages public to be “Bear Aware” this spring

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) - An estimated 350 black bears call southern Missouri home, and as the spring season gets underway, these magnificent mammals leave their winter dens in search of food.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding Missourians to be proactive and “Be Bear Aware.” MDC Resource Scientist and Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee said it is imperative that residents remove bear attractants from their property, such as bird feeders, trash, barbeque grills, pet food, and food waste. “As black bears become active in the spring, they are on a mission to find food,” said Conlee.  “Keeping areas free of attractants and letting bears find natural foods is in everyone’s best interest. If you see a bear, let the animal be and enjoy the sighting, but be sure to ...
US Fish & Wildlife Service News: States Receive More Than $1 Billion for Recreation Access, Conservation
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US Fish & Wildlife Service News: States Receive More Than $1 Billion for Recreation Access, Conservation

Excise Tax Revenues Benefit Fish, Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation and Local Communities (STL.News) - Outdoor recreationists who hunt, shoot, fish and boat are providing more than $1 billion this year to support increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat conservation across the United States.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing the funds to all 50 states and U.S. territories today.  The funds are generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment and boat fuel. Authorized by Congress through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, these dollars support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects.  They are administered through the Servic...
Glen Elder Walleye Carrying Transmitters
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Glen Elder Walleye Carrying Transmitters

CAWKER CITY, KANSAS – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has embarked on a three-year walleye study at Glen Elder Reservoir, and biologists want anglers to be aware of the project. Data collected during the study will give anglers and biologists a better understanding of what makes walleye tick in this lake. Throughout the study, KDWPT district fisheries biologist Scott Waters will follow the movements of adult walleye using telemetry to evaluate mortality patterns, movement, home range, and habitat selection. Ultrasonic transmitters were implanted in 27 walleye last fall and another 33 will receive transmitters in April. An equal number of males and females will be targeted, and not all study fish will be longer than the 18-inch minimum length limit. The fish a...