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From Missouri Conservationist: September 2018

Letters to the Editor

Submissions reflect readers’ opinions and may be edited for length and clarity. Email or write to us:

Missouri Conservationist
P.O. Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102


I read Up Front [July]. I have had friends brag about hummingbirds drinking from their palm or fingertip. That is on my bucket list. One did come in to look at something on my t-shirt. Cool magazine.

Dave Turner, Carrollton

A Day in the Life: Wildlife Vet

I was happy to catch up with Dr. Sherri Russell in your recent issue [A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Veterinarian, July] I am sure she is taking exceptional care of our wildlife, but we really miss the excellent care and treatment she gave my border collies and Siberians. I knew she would be a great asset to the wildlife of Missouri. Thank you for the best magazine in the country.

Carol Clark Waverly

Love for the Conservationist

Thank you for the beautiful job you are doing with the magazine. I love all the articles on animals, flowers, and birds of all kinds. I am 73 years old and have been taking the magazine for many years. I look forward to it each month. The pictures are outstanding. I hope you will continue on.

Janet Atwell Springfield

In addition to the Conservationist and Xplor, MDC’s bimonthly kids magazine, you can find access to more great Missouri conservation information at Subscribe to regional newsletters and browse a list of hundreds of free publications designed to help you discover, explore, and conserve nature. Topics range from natural history to fishing and hunting and improving your acres. These publications are free to Missouri residents. –the editors

Fine Floating

My finest memories are from floating Missouri’s rivers! Thank you, MDC!

Nancy Eberle via Facebook

Floating Missouri’s streams is a fantastic way to enjoy our state’s great outdoors. Find outfitters by stream, get free Stash Your Trash bags, and register for canoeing/floating events at –the editors

Fishing Fun

Thanks so much for the Free Fishing weekends. Took me and my wheelchair to an accessible conservation area in Whiteside, Pike County. I caught some fish and had some fun, all thanks to you.

Joe Lewis via Facebook

MDC is working to remove barriers that prevent people with disabilities from enjoying the outdoors and the activities they love, like fishing. Throughout the state, construction of new facilities and renovations at older properties are providing access to our areas, buildings, and shooting ranges. While MDC cannot guarantee accessibility at any particular site or property, a search on our website at will help you find the area that suits your particular needs.

MDC has a variety of devices to help with casting,
holding, and reeling. Contact your local MDC office to
reserve equipment for your outing. –the editors

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Conservation Headquarters 573-751-4115 | PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180

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Due to a typographical error, the Aztec language referenced in the June issue [Throwing a Stick With a Stick] was misspelled as “Hahuatl.” According to the World Atlatl Association, the proper spelling is “Nahuatl.” —the editors

Shooting Ranges

MDC shooting ranges and outdoor education centers are designed to help you become a sharper, safer hunter or outdoors person. Come to shoot targets or attend one of our many outdoor skills programs.

Outdoor Education Centers

1 Andy Dalton
4897 N Farm Road 61
Ash Grove, MO 65604
Text “MDC Dalton” to 468311 to sign up for text alerts.

Jay Henges

Shotgun/archery ranges open
1100 Antire Road
High Ridge, MO 63049
Text “MDC Henges” to 468311 to sign up for text alerts.

Lake City

28505 E Truman Road
Buckner, MO 64016
Text “MDC Lake” to 468311 to sign up for text alerts.

Parma Woods

15900 NW River Road
Parkville, MO 64152
Text “MDC Parma” to 468311 to sign up for text alerts.

August A. Busch

3550 Highway D
Defiance, MO 63341
Text “MDC Busch” to 468311 to sign up for text alerts.

This Issue's Staff

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld

Associate Editor - Bonnie Chasteen

Staff Writer - Larry Archer
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek

Creative Director - Stephanie Thurber

Art Director - Cliff White

Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter

Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner

Circulation - Laura Scheuler