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Flooded roads limit Missouri youth waterfowl hunting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) informs waterfowl hunters that it has closed portions of the Fountain Grove Conservation Area south of Meadville for the upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend Oct. 20 and 21 due to flooding on the area. According to MDC, some roads on the area are damaged and impassable due to floodwaters, and it is unclear when all roads will be open for vehicle traffic.

While the number of hunting spots on the area will be reduced due to flood damage, MDC staff will still conduct a daily drawing on both days of the youth weekend to allocate available hunting positions.

For the most current information on Fountain Grove, call the following numbers:

Area Hotline: (660) 938-4692
Area Headquarters: (660)-938-4124
MDC Chillicothe Office: (660)-646-6122

Fountain Grove Conservation Area sits in the floodplain of the Grand River and serves as an important migration stop for a variety of wildlife. For flood updates and more information on the area, visit MDC online at nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/fountain-grove-ca.

MDC offers special youth waterfowl hunting days for each of the state’s three Waterfowl Hunting Zones — North, Middle, and South – with the North and Middle Zone Youth Days being Oct. 20 and 21 and the South Zone Youth Days being Nov. 17 and 18.

For more information on waterfowl hunting in Missouri – including Zone maps and boundaries and MDC waterfowl hunting areas — go online to huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl/waterfowl-seasons-hours or get a copy of MDC’s Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest 2018-2019, available where permits are sold.