Gary Kania joined the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation in May 2006 as Vice-President of Policy and focuses on assisting in advancing pro-sportsmen's legislative and regulatory proposals. He is well-respected in the wildlife conservation community for his ability to wade through complex policy issues and advance sportsmen's issues by networking with federal agencies and conservation organizations.
Gary is a member of the International Wildlife Conservation Council and an alternate member of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC).
Prior to joining CSF, he worked at The Nature Conservancy as a Senior Policy Advisor in Government Relations. From 1995 through 2002, Gary worked in a number of positions with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation where his final responsibilities included the oversight of national conservation programs and assisting with the coordination of the NFWF's regional offices. Beginning in 1991, he worked for four years at the National Rifle Association as Manager of the Wildlife Management Department. Gary also worked for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station from 1980 until 1991 where he assisted with wildlife damage and wildlife behavior research.
He received a B.S. from the University of Maine in wildlife management in 1979 and, while working at the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, earned two Master of Science degrees in biology and environmental education. Gary is recognized as a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society.
Your opinion counts
Recently, numerous states have tried to pass legislation that would ban hunting contests. What is your personal view on hunting contests?
- I am fine with hunting contests and have participated in them. (35.29%)
- I support others’ ability to participate in them but I choose not to. (27.94%)
- I support hunting contests, but believe the regulations governing the contests should be updated to ensure that all contest promoters work with tanneries to make use of the animals harvested. (14.71%)
- I am against hunting contests. (20.59%)
- I am unsure. (1.47%)