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Above: Nathan " Shags " McLeod and Brandon Butler are familiar personalities to Missouri's conservation community. Every week, the co-hosts and
their guests take their message and humor beyond the state's borders with their podcast, " Driftwood Outdoors. " Below: The Mystery Bait Bucket.
" It's really opened up opportunities for us to keep
spreading the good word about conservation, and more
importantly how blessed we are in the state of Missouri, "
Shags says. " It's called 'The Missouri Model'
for a reason: It's the best around. That why
I appreciate our podcast focusing here and
branching out, because people look to Missouri to set the example for conservation
and outdoor activities. "
More than a year and 60 episodes into
the endeavor, the " Driftwood Outdoors "
team has built an impressive library of
interviews totaling more than 100 hours
of content. Guests so far have included
conservation luminaries, biologists, writers,
guides and even a ghost - the latter thanks
to a rousing Halloween special performance
by David " Doc " Nappier. Listeners might
learn about the reintroduction of Missouri's
elk or what flies to try when fishing the
Current River. By episode's end, they're also
likely to feel they've made new friends.
" They're educational without being forceful, " Shags
says. " There are some fun nuggets of information, but it's
really about the people and the stories they have to tell. "
Listeners can expect to hear the co-hosts and guests

weigh in on current events from outdoor-related legislation
to humorous news stories. They also provide gear reviews
and answer the much-anticipated Mystery Bait Bucket
question of the week submitted by faithful
listeners, but the core of this show is the feeling of camaraderie. Rather than a fly on the
wall, listeners feel like they're sitting around
a campfire getting to know new - or old -
friends who don't shy away from some goodnatured ribbing when the situation calls for
it. The hosts don't hesitate to add with a grin
that the dynamic works because they don't
take themselves too seriously and aren't
afraid to follow the interesting rabbit holes
that pop up in a free-flowing conversation.
" We're at a point now where this isn't
about killing big bucks or catching giant
fish, " Brandon says. " We just love everything
you can do in the outdoors, and we genuinely
want other people to experience the outdoors,
too. The only way to protect nature in perpetuity is for others to value it. "
Driftwood Outdoors is available on all podcasting
platforms and on www.driftwoodoutdoors.com. For more
information, follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram.
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