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Here’s a Message for All Fathers

“Someday I’m going to take my kids fishing,” he said as he hurried off to work.
“Someday I’m going to teach my kids how to shoot a bow, but right now I don’t want to miss this baseball game.”
“Someday I’m going to take the kids camping, but this weekend we’ll just go to the mall.”
“Someday I’ll teach my kids how to skip a rock or catch a crawdad or build a campfire, but right now I have to go meet some friends.”
“Someday I’m going to take the kids and teach them all about the great outdoors. Maybe I’ll do that next week if the weather is just right.”
Dads, someday your kids will be grown and gone, and it will be too late!
It is believed that the oldest artificial fishing lure was a metal and silk English lure invented around 1800.
Watchmakers in Kentucky made the first bait-casting reels in the early 19th century.
Fishing with light tackle in small ponds, strip pits and streams can be the most relaxing and satisfying kind of angling that can be experienced.
These small waters don’t just hold small fish. You will be pleasantly surprised at the size of some of the fish you catch.
I’m betting there are plenty of small waters with big fish near where you live, and you didn’t even know they were there. Seek them out and discover the wonderful world of fishing small waters for big fish.
A 2011 Outdoor Industry Foundation study found that in the U.S., almost $646 billion is spent on outdoor recreation and pumped back into the economy, accounting for 6.1 million jobs.
If you fish, hunt, camp, hike, bird-watch or enjoy any other outdoor activity,  tell that to your local Congressman or woman and remind them you also vote.
As an avid deer hunter, I totally agree with the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) and do not want to see captive cervids, better known as members of the deer family, classified as livestock. I believe they should be classified as wildlife and managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Not only is this important to prevent the spread of disease to native wildlife, but it is also my personal belief that it is not hunting when you shoot a deer in places where they are completely surrounded by fences. I also don’t believe in the genetic mutation of this magnificent animal to create trophy antlers.
This is just one of many things CFM is working on to protect our Missouri outdoor heritage. That is exactly why I joined CFM. They are my voice to our elected officials as to how I would like to see our state’s natural resources managed to my best benefit as well as all Missourians and visitors to our state.
If you want your voice to be heard too, then join me and thousands of other Missourians in supporting CFM’s efforts. Your membership is a small price to pay to be able to enjoy all the outdoor opportunities Missouri has to offer and make sure they are always there for your kids, grandkids and future generations.
To learn more about CFM and how you can help protect Missouri’s outdoors go online to confedmo.org.
“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer “Present” or “Not Guilty.”  – Theodore Roosevelt
To help keep mosquitoes away, rub the inside of an orange peel on your face, arms and legs.
Even though you might not like spiders, before you squash or spray them,  just remember they are very beneficial in controlling the insect population.
Multifunctional, breathable, sun-protective fishing face masks can be worn in a variety of ways and provide an innovative way to keep the sun off your neck, face and ears. The same material is used in lightweight fishing gloves to protect your hands.
Ultra lightweight, long-sleeve technical fishing shirts and pants will keep you comfortable while also protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. In addition to keeping the sun off your skin, they keep you cool to the core.
They are worn most often by fishermen but can also be used for many other outdoor activities like hiking, camping, mowing the yard or working in the garden without the mess and time of putting on sunscreen.
If you’ve never fished at night, you’re missing out on a very special experience. Besides the good fishing, you’ll learn to enjoy the feel of night fishing when it’s quiet and cooler and things go bump in the night.
On the 4th of July, most of us will gather with family and friends, eat a lot of food and when night comes, shoot off fireworks, or maybe even go fishing or boating.
How many of us will even think about why we really celebrate this day or even explain to our kids why this is an important day? This is Independence Day, a day we celebrate our many freedoms.
Whether you agree or disagree with how politicians run our country, you have the freedom to say so. If you want to own a gun, you have the right to bear arms, and if you don’t believe in guns you have the freedom to say so.
This day and every day, thank those who have fought or are fighting for our freedoms.
From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam, God bless America.
“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” – John Dickinson

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