New Webster County conservation agent in familiar area

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Andrew Feistel may be new to his job assignment as the Webster County Conservation Agent, but he’s not new to southwest Missouri.

When Feistel began his Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) duties as the agent in Webster County on April 1, he was beginning work in a region of the state he knows well. In addition to being a native of Springfield in neighboring Greene County, the Christian Schools of Springfield graduate was a Protection Division volunteer in southwest Missouri before being accepted into the MDC Agent Training Academy in 2015. Feistel has a degree in criminal justice from Liberty University.

“I love southwest Missouri, especially the ‘hills and hollers.’ Webster County has some very rural areas as well as areas that are more urban. I look forward to the challenges that those areas bring,” he said. “Plus, Webster County has great deer and turkey hunting and is home to a wide variety of wildlife.”

 Prior to his current assignment, Feistel had been a conservation agent in Knox County for two years. Feistel replaces Jerry Austin, who retired from MDC earlier this year.

Feistel’s interest in the outdoors goes beyond enforcing Missouri’s fish and game laws. He’s also a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Feistel said he is looking forward to getting to know and working with the people of Webster County. He can be reached at or (417) 839-0258.