Chad Gray to serve as new conservation agent in Osage County

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LINN, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has assigned Chad Gray as the new conservation agent in Osage County.

Agent Gray grew up in Edwardsville, Illinois, where his family still lives today. 

“During the summer, I vacationed to central Missouri many times, where I became intrigued with clear water streams,” said Gray. “My fondest memories include summer trips to the Huzzah and Courtois rivers to catch smallmouth bass.”

After earning a Bachelor of Science in ecology, range, fish and wildlife from Brigham Young University in Idaho, he began his career with MDC in 2014, in the Wildlife Division at August A. Busch and Columbia Bottom conservation areas.

Upon graduating from the MDC Conservation Agent Training Academy in 2017, Gray served as the conservation agent in Atchison County until his reassignment to Osage County in May of 2019.

Agent Gray is an avid outdoorsman and brings great knowledge of Missouri’s resources with him to Osage County.

“I was drawn to Osage County because of its beautiful landscapes and multiple habitat types,” said Gray. “I feel that Osage County can showcase every amazing part of the wild resources of Missouri. I’m looking forward to this assignment and I’m excited to serve the communities within Osage County”

Agent Gray can be reached by email at, or by phone at (573) 690-3989.