REYNOLDS COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has appointed Kaleb Neece as a new conservation agent for Reynolds County. A recent graduate of the Department’s Conservation Agent Training class of 2015, Neece will work alongside Eric Long.
Neece attended Southeast Missouri State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation and Criminal Justice with the emphasis in Law Enforcement. He started working for MDC in 2011 as an hourly employee for the natural history biologist in Cape Girardeau.
In 2013, he moved to work on a feral hog eradication project for nine months in Wayne County. He then took a full-time position in MDC’s Forestry Division as a resource assistant in New Madrid until he joined The Department’s Agent Academy in April 2015.
“I enjoy southeast Missouri and the Ozarks and it’s great to know I get to stay in the area,” Neece said. “The Missouri Ozarks are beautiful and it’s a great place to be.”
Neece said he’s always been fascinated by the outdoors, even as a child.
“I love hunting and fishing,” he said. “In the summertime, my family would go camping at Sam A. Baker State Park. We would hike and ride our bikes. The outdoors was an endless possibility for me.”
As an adult, Neece has developed an interest in primitive archery.
“I enjoy taking a standing tree and crafting it into a bow that I can hunt with,” he said. “Things like that give me a connection to the land and make the outdoors come alive. Now I look forward to being in Reynolds County and helping others to enjoy the outdoors as well.”