Child fishing for bluegill.

Take the family fishing during

Kids Fishing Days

Kids up to age 15 fish free at programs around the state.

Harvested squirrel next to shotgun.

Squirrel Season Opens May 28

Get started with our guide

Find out seasons and hours, permits, and where to squirrel hunt.

Ground fire spreading.

Learn to Prevent and Control Fire

Spring Wildfire Danger

High winds increase the threat of wildfire to habitat, homes, and communities.

Smallmouth bass caught.

Starting May 28

Ozark Black Bass Season

Check the prospects for your favorite Ozark streams

bass fishing

The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.

Shot of peregrine falcons from KC web cam.

Watch Missouri wildlife from web cameras stationed around the state.

Wood Duck on water

The 2016-2017 waterfowl seasons were set during the April Commission meeting.

Image of a feral hog

Feral hogs are highly destructive and prolific pests that will eat nearly anything they come in contact with.

  • Be Bear Aware

    Be Bear Aware Video

    Follow these guidelines to Be Bear Aware – stay safe in bear country, and keep our bears wild. 

    ID Your...

    The American black bear is one of the largest and heaviest wild mammals in Missouri.

    Reports & Prospects

    Track bears in the Missouri Black Bear Project and keep up with efforts to determine the state's bear population.


    Think you've spotted a bear in your part of Missouri? Please send us details of your sighting.

  • May 28 is opening of Black Bass Season in Ozark Streams

    for Black Bass
    Seasons and Hours
    for Bass
    Better Tips for...
    Public Fishing Areas
    Where to...
    for Black Bass
    General Regulations
  • Planting & Care Resources for Spring

    Image of a monarch

    Learn the requirements and plants suitable to make a backyard habitat for monarch butterflies.

    Man planting a tree

    Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance Grants up to $10,000

    Drawing of Dogwood leaves

    A Field Guide to trees, schrubs and woody vines.

    Tree Planting by group

    Browse tips on seedling selection, spacing and quantity.

  • May 28 is opening of Squirrel Season

    for Squirrel
    Seasons and Hours
    for Squirrel
    General Regulations
    Public Hunting Areas
    Where to...
    Hunting Squirrel
    Getting Started
  • Learn More About the Department

    Learn how the Conservation Commission is appointed, what they are responsible for, and who the current Commissioners are. 

    Review and comment on existing regulations and proposed regulation changes.

    We help make Missouri a great place to live. We conserve and protect our state's great outdoors.

    Our mission is to protect and manage the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state; to facilitate and provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources.

Our Magazines

Conservationist Magazine

Our monthly publication about conservation in Missouri--free to all residents.

Conservationist 06-2016

Xplor Magazine for kids

Xplor helps kids find adventure in their own backyard. Free to residents of Missouri.

July/August 2015 cover

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