MOC Members Recognized for Their Contributions to Outdoor Communications


Bill Cooper, left, receives his House Resolution from Representative Chipman. Photo by Dian Cooper.
MOC member Bill Cooper was recently recognized on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives by 120th District Representative Jason Chipman for his service to the state of Missouri. For 45 years, Cooper has been contributing to the education and entertainment of Missouri citizens in regards to hunting, fishing, outdoor ethics, outdoor recreation and tourism through various mediums, including outdoor radio, TV, online TV and over 3,000 published articles. Chipman presented Cooper House Resolution 1360 as a mark of the state's appreciation.



Brent Frazee, the outdoors editor for The Kansas City Star, was inducted into the Waterfowlers' Hall of Fame.
MOC board member Brent Frazee was recently inducted into the Waterfowlers' Hall of Fame in Mound City, Mo.

The hall honors hunters, conservationists and media who have played a vital role in the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge's heritage and tradition.

Frazee started writing about the duck clubs near Squaw Creek, which is located in northwest Missouri near Mound City, when he did a story on a young hunter who was attracting interest with his calling ability.


John Neporadny, left, receives his plaque recognizing his induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame from Brandon Butler, executive director of Conservation Federation of Missouri.
One of MOC's founding fathers, John Neporadny, was recently inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.  John was bestowed with this recognition by Brandon Butler, executive director of Conservation Federation of Missouri and fellow MOC member, at the Conservation Federation of Missouri annual conference.

"I am truly honored to be inducted into the 2016 Class of Inductees for the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, especially to be recognized in the same listing as such great fishing writers as Ernest Hemingway, Homer Circle, Jerry Gibbs and Wade Bourne to name a few.  I want to thank MOC President Kenny Kieser (another Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Famer) for nominating me for this honor," Neporadny said in regards to his induction.


Kenny Kieser poses in front of a display of his book and photographs at the "Confluence: The Great Flood of '93" exhibit in St. Joseph.
MOC President Kenny Kieser recently won his second Conservation Cougar award 
in two years. Kenny received the 2014 Conservation Communicator of the Year for the state of Missouri and this years' 2015 Conservation Communicator of the Year for the state of Kansas. Both were awarded for overall media, television, radio, newspaper, magazine and blogs. 

Kieser is the third writer to be awarded these accolades in both states, following outdoor writing icon Thayne Smith and the Kansas City Star's Brent Frazee, both of whom are fellow MOC members.

Also, Kieser is particularly proud of the fact that the "Confluence: The Great Flood of '93" exhibit currently open and on display in St. Joseph, Mo. is partly based on his book, "Missouri's Great Flood of '93: Revisiting an Epic Natural Disaster." The exhibit, located in the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, opened in April 2016 and will run through 2018.

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