I Am Conservation

“Conservation reaches out to all Missourians,” says Jackie Womack, who grew up in the country near St. Louis and hunted and fished a lot in his childhood. “My brother and I would flush rabbits when we were kids,” says Womack. “Us 8- or 9-year-olds could get more rabbits than my dad and granddad could get.” Jackie raised his two children, Michael and Christina, to appreciate the outdoors through target shooting, hunting and fishing. Sports they still take partake in today. “The best thing about the Conservation Department is that it is available to all Missourians. Everyone can take part if they wish, from shooting clinics, places to hunt, ponds to fish and outdoors to explore.” —Photo by David Stonner