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“I am Conservation”

Mike “Tater” Haviland, of Neosho, considers himself an avid cook of wild game. “The most requested dish is my butterflied venison backstraps, marinated in Dales Seasoning, stuffed with jalapeno pepper, cream cheese, bell pepper, bacon wrapped, and then grilled over mesquite,” said Haviland. “The other famous recipe I make isn’t a wild game recipe, but I always use it as a side dish.” It’s camp potatoes, hence Haviland’s nickname. “I have been hunting as long as I can remember, and I cook wild game throughout the year.” —Photo by David Stonner