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Missouri offering free workshops

From Missouri Department of Conservation

-- Free workshops sponsored by the Department of Conservation will be available in August and September to help landowners, hunters and others manage private land for deer.

Workshop topics include creating or improving habitat for deer and other wildlife; developing a deer-management plan; estimating deer numbers, ages and how many deer land can support; using camera surveys and other data; deer biology, antler growth and breeding behavior; MDC cost-share opportunities, and more.

“Missouri is a great place to hunt deer and private landowners are the key,” said Emily Flinn, resource scientist and deer biologist. “More than 90 percent of land in Missouri is privately owned, so we work with and for private landowners to help them create and manage their land for deer. Managing private land for deer also benefits a variety of other wildlife.”

She urges landowners, hunters and others to attend one of the following free deer management workshops:

SPRINGFIELD—Aug. 11, 8 a.m.  to noon, MDC Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way;  to register, call (417)895-6880.

COLUMBIA—Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to noon, University of Missouri Bradford Research & Extension Center, 4968 Rangeline Road; to register, call (573)875-5540 ext. 3.

ST. JOSEPH—Sept. 8, noon to 4 p.m., Missouri Western State University Kemper Recital Hall in Spratt Hall, 4525 Downs Drive; to register, call (816)271-3100.

ST. LOUIS—Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (lunch provided); MDC Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood; to register, call (636) 528-4877 x3.

CAPE GIRARDEAU—Sept. 12, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., MDC Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive; to register, call (573)290-5218.

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