Grasslands and fragmented timber stands surround the 14,000-acre Rathbun Reservoir on the Chariton River. The reservoir's irregular shape creates small pockets of land that are harder to get to than others-good spots to look for good deer. Prairie and food plots dominate the open areas, while oak-hickory hardwoods can be found in broken woodland blocks. Check out the 4,400-acre Sedan Bottoms area below the Rathbun dam, where a Wetlands Reserve Program project is restoring native pecan, hickory, walnut and oak trees to an area formerly cleared for farming. "There's always a good buck or two that comes off Rathbun every year," says Suchy.