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September Issue

What a great issue this month! I’ve subscribed for many years, and am always pleased with the content. This month you outdid yourselves. Well done and thank you.

Chuck Moylan, Lake Lotawana


The elk hunting story in the September issue was very inspiring [History Calling]. When I was little, one of my uncles had a copy of Wild Mammals of Missouri. The saddest part of the book for me was the mammals that were no longer here — bison, mountain lion, elk, and gray wolves. Now, we have a scattered population of mountain lion, a semiwild population of bison at Prairie State Park, and a population of elk that can be hunted. I have hoped and dreamed of this all my life!

Gale Roberts via email

After receiving my September issue, I feel compelled to write for the first time in my 67 years. I must commend and congratulate your staff for the critical and enormously important work you do. Your monthly magazine gives us a constant reminder of the beauty of all creation, which never changes and helps sustain us during these difficult times. Thank you for everything you do and please never stop doing it.

David Dunavant Chesterfield

I saw and thought, oh nice elk on the cover of my Montana Outdoor magazine. Wait a minute — that’s the Missouri Conservationist! I have kept a subscription to the Conservationist since I left my home state in 1990. As I grew up in Missouri, I developed a great passion for hunting deer and turkey to a degree I decided to move west to expand my hunting opportunities. Keeping my subscription to the Conservationist has kept me connected to my birth state since I resettled in western Montana. I see elk every week in my daily travels, and I hunt them by bow and rifle, seldom traveling further than 15 miles from my home. Your September cover of the young six-point elk proudly standing atop a hardwood Missouri Ozark hill made me proud of my home state of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s efforts to restore the majestic wapiti. What a fantastic sight! Makes me a little homesick, too.

John Benda Superior, Montana


I have been reading the Missouri Conservationist since I was a teenager. It was always on our footstool in the living room and my father read it cover to cover. He was a big outdoorsman. That was in the 1960s. I have subscribed to this magazine ever since, and I always enjoy reading it. This edition’s seedling descriptions were so valuable [September, Seedling Order Form special insert]. As I was reading it, I remember many of the trees featured that my mother planted in our yard. I will keep this magazine in my library for identification of trees and shrubs. Thank you for a great and informative publication.

Susan L. Robinson Lee’s Summit

I love your magazine and eagerly look forward to getting it every month. I like how you have photos of beneficial insects. I’ve destroyed some “good bugs” just because they were so awful looking. Also thank you for selling seedlings at such affordable prices. I’ve planted so many, and some are fair-sized trees now.

Vera Brubacker Latham

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The Missouri Conservationist has been such an informative and enjoyable magazine in our home. We celebrated our 68th wedding anniversary this year, and the Conservationist had an important influence on our two sons. They both grew up fishing and hunting — and one became a Missouri Conservation agent! You never know what can play an important part in a life.

Stan and Judy Burger Carl Junction

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