Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) has been a longtime member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) and past chair. After being elected to Congress in 1991, Rep. Peterson joined the CSC in the 105th Congress, and served as Co-Chair during the 106th Congress. Throughout his time in Congress, Rep. Peterson has shown years of dedication to sportsmen’s causes and land stewardship.
Having grown up on a farm near Glyndon, MN, Congressman Peterson hails from a strong outdoor tradition. He has hunted and fished all over the world (his congressional office serves as a testament to his travels), and has spent a life embodying the passion and ideals of a true sportsmen and steward of the land. When not serving his constituents, Congressman Peterson gets in the field as much as time permits and his travels allow, hunting deer, pheasant, turkeys, ducks and geese.
During his tenure in Congress, Rep. Peterson has emerged as a national leader in agriculture and conservation, having served as both Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Agriculture. As Ranking Member and Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman Peterson has overseen the expansion of numerous conservation programs through the Committee’s work on the Farm Bill, and has emerged as a champion of land conservation programs. For his efforts, he has received numerous awards in conservation leadership, including Safari Club International’s National Legislator Award, Pheasant Forever’s Conservation Legislator Award, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s James D. Range Conservation Award, as well as numerous recognitions from state and national chapters of Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl.
“Being an avid hunter, I understand first-hand the importance of conservation efforts. As Ranking Member on the House Agriculture Committee, I worked with members on both sides of the aisle to include a strong conservation title in the 2014 Farm Bill. The final bill streamlined conservation programs, better targeting resources and making the programs more efficient for farmers and sportsmen alike. Land stewardship also benefits the local economy. In Minnesota, more than one million sportsmen spend more than $3 billion and support nearly 50,000 jobs each year, helping keep our state’s economy strong.”
Rep. Peterson after a Canadian goose hunt with friends
Congressman Peterson with a trophy elk, which now graces his Washington, D.C. office
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (10.62%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (13.86%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (62.24%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (13.27%)