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From Missouri Conservationist: December 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

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

Longtime Reader

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

We appreciate your loyal readership and enthusiasm for the Missouri Conservationist! Each month, we strive to serve you with stories that help you learn more, enjoy more, and do more for our state’s fish, forest, and wildlife. We welcome your continued feedback, whether by social media, email, or the United States Postal Service. You can reach us via
Facebook at, by email at, or by regular mail at Missouri Conservationist, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102. We love hearing from you, and it is your correspondence that helps fill this very page! Thanks for taking the time to drop us a line.

—the editors

Barred Owl

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

Rebel’s Cove

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

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