From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
December 2010 Issue

Back Cover

What Is It?

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Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder. The answer is revealed on the inside of this back cover.

Lake Sturgeon

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On the back cover and right is a lake sturgeon by Noppadol Paothong. The largest of Missouri’s three sturgeons, it is rare and endangered in our state. One way to identify it is by its conical (not shovel-nosed) snout. And despite its name, in our state this fish is almost always found in big rivers—not lakes. MDC continues to study sturgeon and develop management practices to prevent overharvesting and improve conditions for this fish. To learn more about lake sturgeon, visit

Also in this issue


Missouri's History With the Elk

This majestic animal's bugle has been silent in Missouri for more than 100 years, but next year the Department plans to restore elk in a defined area.

trapping education

Trapping-Education Over Extinction

Sharing the secrets of success preserves an outdoor tradition.

quail country

Quail Country

Imperfect landscapes can be remodeled into great habitat.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler