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Northwest Missouri State University

Alumni News

Feb. 8, 2010

Love of outdoors prompts Moore to change career path

MooreVirgil Moore '73 achieved a career beyond anything he could have anticipated when he was a student at Northwest. Moore envisioned himself as an educator; little did he know that working as an undergraduate research assistant in a biology program at Northwest would lead him to a life-long career as a fisheries and wildlife director and biologist.

Moore obtained a degree in education from Northwest, but after teaching a year, he wanted more experience. This led him to pursue a zoology degree by applying to a graduate school in fisheries. This decision was not on a whim; Moore had always been interested in outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting. Working as an undergraduate research assistant on the Missouri River Project while pursuing his education degree at Northwest was what ultimately sparked his decision to go into fisheries.

"At that point I knew I was very interested in fisheries. A kid from the Midwest heading out to the West to a fisheries and wildlife agency was kind of wild. It was well beyond anything I had anticipated when I started my career. I figured I'd be teaching secondary education in Missouri, perhaps administration, and in doing that a fork in the road came and I took it," Moore said of his decision.

This decision has led to a productive career in fisheries and wildlife for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game where he is currently deputy director. Moore helped implement many of Idaho's wild trout fisheries regulations as well as worked with others to implement programs that effect coldwater stream conservation in Idaho.

Being a Bearcat has also helped lead Moore to the place he is now. Besides meeting his wife, Becky Robertson Moore '73, at Northwest, he had tremendous support from his professors.

"There were key professors at Northwest who opened doors and gave me opportunities as a young student, especially Dr. Kenneth Minter, and those opportunities are what led the way for my ability to take on the opportunities I have now; for that I am grateful," said Moore. "It's a legacy that's worthwhile."

Moore and his wife live in Boise, Idaho, and have two daughters and three grandchildren.