From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
November 2011 Issue

I Am Conservation

I am ConservationFarmer Chuck Weldon stands in a turnip food plot he planted on his land for deer. “When you farm and you love to hunt, both seasons fall at the same time,” says Weldon, “so it becomes tough to do both. But I love both.” Weldon says he and his father have several food plots scattered around their farms in Daviess and Caldwell counties. Weldon calculates that close to 100 acres among their corn and soybeans are devoted strictly to wildlife food plots. “It’s tough sometimes to balance my land for wildlife and agriculture,” says Weldon, “but we feel by planting hidey-hole food plots and trying to keep our herd numbers in check, we both can coexist. If you love to hunt and you farm, you have to do what you can to protect both your interests.” Weldon says he enjoys the management side as much, or more than, the hunting side. “Growing and harvesting big bucks might not be for everybody, but by practicing good management, I protect my pocketbook and I protect the herd. And, maybe if I’m lucky, I add another trophy to my wall!” —Photo by David Stonner

Also in this issue

75 years

Missouri's Unique Conservation Legacy

The Missouri Department of Conservation is celebrating our 75th anniversary. The beginning of Missouri’s unique citizen-led conservation story is featured here. Many of the successful partnerships and programs that have helped to restore the fish, forest and wildlife resources of Missouri, as well as the challenges ahead, will be highlighted in the “Conservationist” over the next year.

improve fish habitat

Building Better Fishing

Fish habitat improvement in Table Rock Lake.

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 - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler