Elected in 2010, Representative Jeff Wardlaw currently represents District 8 in the Arkansas House of Representatives. An avid hunter and angler himself, Representative Wardlaw joined the Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2011 shortly after his election to advocate on behalf of the state’s sportsmen and women at the legislature. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses.
Representative Wardlaw’s dedication to working with fellow Caucus members and leaders from both parties in the Arkansas House of Representatives served as a testament to the passage of House Bill 1459. This legislation allowed electronic certificates to be used in lieu of paper certificates for proof of hunter education and safety certification. The combination of modern technology and the education of young hunters helps sustain the standard of safety that is vital for sportsmen and women in the field.
Recently, Representative Wardlaw voted in support of House Bill 1569. This legislation created a permit to hunt and trap feral hogs. Legislation like this is crucial to helping to provide more opportunities for Arkansas hunters and trappers to pursue game and manage wildlife populations.
As a member of the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission Oversight Committee, Representative Wardlaw helps ensure that the over 900,000 hunters and anglers in the state have ample opportunities to pursue fish and wildlife. The state’s sportsmen and women play a vital role in supporting the economy in the Natural State, supporting over 25,000 jobs and spending upwards of $1.5 billion in retail sales annually.
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- Lack of access to hunting areas (17.79%)
- Lack of a mentor or instructor to take them (25.77%)
- Age limit restrictions on when they can purchase a license (1.23%)
- Lack of time or competing interests (17.18%)
- Technology (social media, phones, computers) (16.56%)
- Perceived negative public or peer-group opinions (21.47%)