Hello, my name is Tyler Harding. I am the new Conservation Agent for St. Francois County. I am from northeast of Doniphan in Ripley County. I feel blessed to be assigned to St. Francois County as I believe being raised in the Southeast Ozarks will make me a great fit to serve the people here. I have already received a warm welcome in the community and I am sure this will continue as I meet more folks. Becoming a conservation agent has been my goal as I believe each of us has a responsibility to protect and manage the forest, fish and wildlife resources of the State of Missouri. To achieve this goal, I first graduated from Doniphan High School, before attending Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff. Once through with my basic classes, I headed to Missouri State University in Springfield and completed a double major in Wildlife Conservation and Management and Criminology. I also achieved a minor in Agronomy.
Hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, and playing on the clear Ozark streams have been a large part of my family’s activities growing up. Three of my favorite seasons are spring turkey season, gigging season and Morel mushroom time. My parents established in me the desire to hunt and fish in a law abiding manner. It is my hope that through my work here at St. Francois County, I can help to encourage that same desire in others.
If you would like to know more about what’s happening outside, or current conservation issues, tune in to The Woods and Water show on Froggy 96, 95.9 FM on Saturday at 5 a.m. or Sunday at 6:30 a.m. My phone number is 573-330-8538. Please contact me anytime you have a question or would like to report a violation. If you can’t reach me and you’d like to report a wildlife violation, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Operation Game Thief hotline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-392-1111.
For more information about conservation topics and current events, go online to mdc.mo.gov.