From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
December 2013 Issue

I Am Conservation

Columbia attorney Matt Uhrig and his daughter Cleo, 12, have been hunting ducks and deer together since she was 8. Matt says one reason he wants his children to hunt is to give them an understanding of where their food comes from. Apart from this practical aspect, his favorite part of their hunts is the opportunity for one-on-one time. “We have some of our best conversations waiting for deer or ducks to appear,” says Matt. For Cleo, it’s more about the hunt itself. “The first time she shot a deer, there was a sense of accomplishment that you only see once in a while in a kid,” says her dad. “You could tell she was very proud of herself.” Deer hunting was part of Matt’s childhood experience, but he knew little about waterfowl hunting until friends invited him to hunt with them a few years ago. Now it’s something he and Cleo both eagerly anticipate.

—photo by Noppadol Paothong

Also in this issue

Quail Hunting

Quail Hunting: Getting Started

You’ll need to invest some thought, effort, and expense — but the results are worth it.


Turtle Roundup at Eagle Bluffs

Scientists and volunteers brave wet and muck for better all-species management.

Discover Nature

Discover Nature

The Conservation Department wants to help you connect with the people, places, and activities you love.

This Issue's Staff:

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