The Federation Report
February 8, 2019

In This Issue

Legislative Report:

The legislature is back in session. CFM is watching the following bills:


These are not all the bills CFM is monitoring.  Click  here  to visit our Legislative Action Center to learn more about all the bills affecting conservation and natural resources in Missouri. 
Sign up for the legislative action center is FREE.


Blog

At Half Time of Life
Experiences in beautiful outdoor destinations with family and friends is the nectar of life for the author.

I turned 40 years old on Friday. In fact, I wrote this article the morning of my birthday. And yes, I do feel older. It's like I'm in some sort of a daze, wondering how this happened. Just yesterday, my friends and I were bouncing around in a jon boat catching bluegills on cane poles and chasing cottontails with stick bows when our ages only consisted of one number. Then there was high school and college. Where'd those days go? Marriage. How could my wedding have been 14 years ago? I can still taste the tequila. I had babies. Two of them, but they're missing and two teenagers have taken over their bedrooms.

It's gone fast. There's no arguing that. But I recognize how incredibly blessed I have been. First of all, to live in this country. Things are strange right now, but America is strong. We'll right this ....


CFM Store

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CFM online store.   

CFM Vest


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Conservation Federation Podcast


In this episode of Conservation Federation listen to Frank Oberle and Zack Coy talk about the beauty and wonder of northern Missouri's wildlife resources and prairie habitat. 
Conservation Federation is available on iTunes and on the CFM website

CFM Platinum Business Alliance
Members

Thank you to our platinum sponsors.

Eleventh Annual Governors Youth Turkey Hunt


 
Those interested are encouraged to submit applications for the 2019 Governors Youth Turkey Hunt that will be held April 4-5, 2019. 
                             
The Governors Youth Turkey Hunt has been a very successful event over the last 10 years and serves both as a celebration of Missouri's leading role in providing outdoor recreational opportunity as well as recruiting and retaining additional outdoor enthusiasts.  This hunt is a cooperative effort between Governor Mike Parson, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, National Wild Turkey Federation, the Missouri Department of Conservation, elected officials from the Capitol, and a host of private landowners and other volunteers. 
 
In the spirit of what the Governors Youth Hunt represents, qualified applicants should be  youths ages 11 to 15 that, ideally, are interested in giving hunting a try but have not yet had the opportunity.  Second priority, if openings exist, will be given to youth that may have previously hunted but are giving turkey hunting a shot for the first time.

The format for the 2019 hunt will be the same as in the previous 10 years. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an orientation Friday afternoon that will include hunter safety, regulations, and a chance to shoot their shotguns. Friday night, the hunters and their chaperones will then attend a fancy spread at the mansion hosted by the Governor and first lady. After the meal and a few words from the Governor, the hunters will depart for their hunting destinations consisting of several high quality properties offered for the event by gracious landowners. The youth hunters will then be guided on a turkey hunt Saturday and Sunday if need be.  
 
If you think that you may know of a youth that may enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity, fill out the application found HERE.

CFM Annual Convention



Have you registered for the  2019 CFM Annual Convention, March 8-10, 2019? Don't miss out on this great event! 

Orscheln Farm and Home Newest CFM Platinum Business Alliance


The Conservation Federation of Missouri is pleased to announce that Orscheln Farm and Home has partnered with us as our newest Platinum Business Alliance partner.
Orscheln Farm and Home is a third-generation family owned business with over 165 stores in 11 states, with headquarters in Moberly, Missouri. The company was started in 1960 by W.C. (Bill) Orscheln. William L. (Barry) Orscheln currently serves as Chairman and CEO.
Orscheln maintains a philosophy of providing communities with the highest level of service and appreciation. They provide a wide range of products, including farm and ranch supplies, lawn and garden products, power equipment, tools, automotive supplies, home improvement products, clothing, footwear, sporting goods, pet care products and food, livestock supplies and feed and fencing supplies.
"We're excited to become a Platinum Business Alliance partner with CFM," said Barry Orscheln, Chairman and CEO. "Our customers are outdoor people and the Conservation Federation of Missouri works to ensure we all have the opportunity to enjoy Missouri's vast natural resources."

Trivia in the Wild


Make your reservation by emailing Laura Hertel at hertell@missouri.edu or by calling 573-882-1730. Hosted by the Natural Resources Alumni Association from the University of Missouri. 

Save the Date
Upcoming CFM Events


Conservation Day at the Capitol - April 3rd
Pull for Conservation - Northwest April 13th