A Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing
For the rest of his life, 15-year-old Chris Crossland will be able to fish for trout or smallmouth bass and hunt quail, rabbits and squirrels anywhere in Missouri without ever having to stop and think, "Did I get a license this year?" Chris received a Lifetime Conservation Partner Permit from his grandmother, Wanda Warner, for his birthday two years ago.
Chris says he was surprised, but glad, to receive the lifetime permit. "My dad told me I was getting a plastic card that cost a lot. It was the last thing I expected," he says. But he's glad to have it. "Now that the cost of licenses went up to $19, I won't have to pay it."
When he got the present, he was already an experienced hunter and fisherman. During his first year of deer hunting at age 11, Chris shot a doe and a 4-point buck. Each year since then he's been successful, including taking an 8-point buck with a gun and a button buck with a bow. He also hunts waterfowl and turkey with his father, uncle and two cousins.
Chris also takes advantage of the fishing privileges his lifetime permit brings him. "When I'm not hunting," Chris says, "I'm doing homework or fishing." In the creeks and ponds near his father's house in Richland, he likes to catch bass and catfish.
When Chris and Joy Arthur want to hunt or fish, all they have to do is step outside their front door. On their 40-acre farm in Henry County, the Arthurs can catch catfish in their pond or hunt quail in the former soybean fields they converted to native grasses. Nearby, Truman Lake and the surrounding Army Corps of Engineers' land offers numerous hunting and fishing opportunities for the couple.
Because they believe in supporting wildlife management, the Arthurs purchased Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner Permits. Now they can hunt small game and fish during any legal season for the rest of their lives. The permit also allows them to take migratory birds, waterfowl and trout. Deer and turkey permits, as well as federal waterfowl stamps, must still be purchased if desired.
"I would like to see more people buy these lifetime permits," Chris says. "It gives the Conservation Department more money to manage wildlife now." Chris and Joy proudly display on their mantel special Conservation Department certificates recognizing their support of Missouri's conservation programs.
Economics played a role in Eunice Bain's decision to purchase