From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
March 2021 Issue

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Missouri Conservationist
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Beautiful Doe

I have to comment on January’s cover photo by Noppadol Paothong. This beautiful mature doe is about as good as it gets. Thanks for highlighting the best of Missouri’s outdoor heritage.

Robert Gober, Webb City

Winter Trout

I am following up on a letter sent to you in November 2007 that was published in the Missouri Conservationist in March 2008. At the time, I was thanking MDC for winter stocking rainbow trout at Everyday Pond at Missouri Western State University (MWSU).

After reading the January 2021 issue, I noticed a couple of articles about urban trout fishing. I would like to thank MDC for now stocking in Krug Park in North St. Joseph. I am an avid fly fisherman and enjoy the opportunity to catch rainbows in the winter.

I caught a 9-pound, 1-ounce rainbow at Everyday Pond. She was released quickly to be caught again.

Thanks again, MDC, for partnering with MWSU and the City of St Joseph.

Mike Buckler, St. Joseph

For the Birds

We loved Bird’s-Eye View (Page 10) and the cut-out bird guide in the December Conservationist.

Suggest to deer hunters that they save the fat from their harvested deer to make suet cakes. We save the fat in the freezer until we are finished with hunting, then render it in an outdoor kettle. After it cools slightly, we pour it into styrofoam picnic bowls that already contain a large spoonful of mixed birdseed. After stirring thoroughly, we let the bowls cool and harden so they are easy to store even through the summer. Once cooled, the suet cakes pop easily out of the bowls, and fit perfectly into the little square wire-box suet holders. All birds love them, all year around. Only bluebirds do not seem interested.

Sue Allmart and Sammy Williams, Mexico

From Georgia to Missouri

I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I appreciate what you do for Missouri conservation. As a transplanted southerner from Georgia, I’ve now lived in Missouri for 16 years. And while you can never really take Georgia out of the boy, I’ve grown to love this state and appreciate its beauty. I look forward to receiving my issue of the Missouri Conservationist each month, and the beautiful photos and articles that are found in it.

But what I love is to read the Up Front editorial (Page 3). Director Pauley, you are a gifted writer, and I enjoy how your thoughts set up the rest of the magazine so nicely. Continued success, and thanks for your leadership. You’ve helped make this Georgia boy feel right at home!

David Cade, Manchester

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This Issue's Staff:

Magazine Manager - Stephanie Thurber

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld

Associate Editor - Larry Archer

Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek

Art Director - Cliff White

Designer - Shawn Carey
Designer - Marci Porter

Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner

Circulation - Laura Scheuler