Hunters and fishermen in Barry County are likely to see a new face roaming the woods since Daniel Shores has been appointed as one of two new agents for the area.
Shores grew up in Norwood, located in Wright County. After graduating high school, he entered the United States Army, where he served as an infantryman for four years.
Shores attended college at Missouri Southern State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
"Being a conservation agent has been my lifelong goal," Shores said. "I'm very excited to be here in Barry County."
Shores not only watches out for those committing wildlife crimes but teaches hunter safety to students and also offers instruction on how to cook wild game.
An avid hunter, Shores finds carving out time for his two favorite sports, bow-hunting and fishing, difficult.
"As a law enforcement officer, I can also assist Barry County law enforcement officials if needed," Shores said. "Barry County is undermanned on patrol officers, and I can respond if an officer is in trouble and I am nearby."
Shores likes the variety of opportunities offered by his new position.
"I plan to be out on weekends, when there are a lot of other people out," Shores said. "I'll be watching for spotlighters and poachers."
Shores said his duties in Barry County will be varied.
"We have the lake, the Mark Twain National Forest and a lot of rural properties," Shores said. "Where most counties have one agent, Barry County has two, simply because of all the things going on."
Shores said the most valuable asset in his job is public input.
"Citizen involvement will be the biggest thing to ensure a successful wildlife program," Shores said. "If anyone has questions they shouldn't hesitate to call.
"The one thing every hunter should know before going into the woods is the wildlife code," Shores continued, "because if I catch them doing something then, it's too late."
Shores and his wife, Brandi, and step-son, Brant, live in Monett. Brandi teaches school at Granby.
For more information about the wildlife code or to report suspicious activity, contact Shores at 417-229-4706.