Conservation Federation Podcast Ep. 021

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Alex Rutledge’s Roots Run Deep in Shannon County


Alex Rutledge was born and raised near Birch Tree, Missouri. And even though his professional life has taken him all across North America as a hunter and television host, he has never strayed from his roots. Alex has never lived anywhere besides Shannon County.

Having traveled extensively himself, Brandon Butler decided Shannon County was the place to make his dream of owning a cabin on acreage come true. After two years of spending time on his 40-acres deep in a hollow, Brandon has come to appreciate the local values of the region.

In this episode of Conservation Federation, Alex and Brandon dig into the complexities of this often misunderstood region of Missouri. They of course talk hunting and fishing, but also delve into economic possibilities and the underlying culture of people who tend to change at a slower pace.

This heartfelt episode of Conservation Federation will leave you ready for a trip to Shannon County, where you can paddle and fish Current River and Jacks Fork, view elk and wild horses, hunt deer, turkey, squirrels and more, visit the beautiful Echo Bluff State Park and hike a remote forested trail.

Alex Rutledge is one of the most recognized and celebrated turkey callers in the country. He has over 30-years of experience in the hunting industry and has been honored with inclusion in the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame. Today he runs his own media platform – American Roots Outdoors, which includes a radio show and exciting webisodes. To learn more, visit

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