Letters to the Editor
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Falling for October
Every month is wonderful, but this month was astounding!
The stories and photos in As Wild as it Gets wowed and excited me. Thank you!
Kim Kraus via Email
Love for October Conservationist
I have enjoyed every page of this issue. Every article was timely and interesting. Keep up the good work.
Mary Margaret Bayer Columbia
This is my favorite magazine. I sometimes squeal out loud when I find it in my mailbox!
Jenny Murphy via Facebook
I love getting my monthly magazine. I started getting it when my children were young. It’s a wonderful tool to keep people informed of the importance of our resources. The What Is It section is fun and often a great discussion piece.
Peg Lewis St. Louis
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The barred owl on the [November issue] back cover brings to mind all the wonderful times in our preferred Missouri stomping grounds. Especially at our cabin at Mark Twain Lake, where a barred owl was an occasional evening visitor at the top of our fireplace flue cap. He or she could loudly keep us awake nights! However, that never prevented us from early morning fishing or kayaking the beautiful lake or Salt River. It’s hard to say goodbye to the great Missouri outdoors after 65-plus years!
Thanks for many years of wonderful Missouri Conservationist issues that educated us about fishing, hunting, hiking, nature, land management, wildlife, and the importance of conservation of these Missouri treasures.
Steve & Sue Kurtz O’Fallon & Paris, Missouri
I enjoyed your article on Rebel’s Cove Conservation Area [November].
In the mid ’70s and ’80s, we made several trips a year to Rebel’s Cove for pheasants. We had to work for them, but usually found birds. The best spot was to turn in at the first sign and drive down to the bottoms, and then hunt the entire area and only stop long enough for lunch and to rest the dogs.
This was all back in my younger days when walking was no effort. This area really holds a lot of memories for me. In the early part of the season, it was not uncommon for the dogs to run across snakes as some of the grassy areas were wet and swampy.
Jim Blakley Sr. Moberly
Though pheasants aren’t as numerous as they once were at Rebel’s Cove Conservation Area, there is still a fair population for hunting in north Missouri. —the editors
An insect pictured in the November issue [Nature Lab] was misidentified as a mayfly nymph. It should have been identified as a stonefly nymph. We apologize for the error. —the editors
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This Issue's Staff
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