Happy 2018! And what a year it is going to be!

This can be a tough time of year for those of us who thrive on being outside. The extraordinarily cold temperatures have caused me to pass on the last two weeks of deer season. Our floating duck blind is trapped in four inches of ice delaying my ability to drain the flooded field. Even cutting firewood and burning brush piles has been a challenge with below zero wind chills.

The best way I know how to cope with cabin fever is to throw myself into doing activities I can do from the warmth of indoors while I wait for the weather to turn nice. This includes working on MHHF planning initiatives, going to meetings of other organizations with similar goals as MHHF and participating in conservation conferences.

Please mark your calendars now for our Annual MHHF Membership Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Sunday March 18th at the Lake Lotawana Sportsmen’s Club. Immediately following the meeting MHHF will host our 7th Annual Spring Fling Benefit Trap Shoot.  

During the Membership Meeting we’ll review the progress we’ve made last year, recognize your contributions and visit with the movers and shakers in our Hunter Education and Missouri Conservation community. Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) Executive Director, Brandon Butler, will be sharing remarks about current topics impacting Missouri’s outdoors. Our meeting is a week after the CFM annual convention, so I’m sure there will be much to hear about.

Speaking of which, please check out CFM’s 82nd Annual Convention details below. I have been able to attend many of these events and it is a very rewarding experience.  The CFM non-member registration rate to the conference includes an individual membership at a discounted price. The special rate at the Plaza Capital Hotel is very reasonable, too!

I look forward to seeing you in March and celebrating another successful year of MHHF! Thanks for all you do and stay warm.