National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC)
The benefit of having sportsmen’s caucuses in state capitols has never been more obvious. Sharing information and ideas has led to an incomparable force in state governments around the country, one that is focused on passing pro-sportsmen’s legislation and defeating attacks from the anti-hunting lobby. - Senator John Astle, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair and Past President of the NASC Executive Council.
CSF set out to create a network of state legislative sportsmen's caucuses, and in 2004 the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) was launched. Currently, with 48 state legislative sportsmen's caucuses (over 2,000 state legislators) united under the NASC umbrella, the NASC facilitates the interaction and idea exchange among state caucus leaders and the outdoor community. NASC is staffed through the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, with a dedicated staff member(s) assigned to each of the regions detailed on the map below.
NASC provides a host of services including: providing detailed information on sportsmen's issues, writing caucus press releases, organizing an annual meeting and coordinating the exchange of information and interaction between the individual state caucuses. Through its communication network and by fostering interaction between and among legislators, sportsmen’s groups, industry partners, state fish and wildlife agencies and the media, NASC provides the synergy to protect and advance hunting, recreational angling and shooting, trapping and professional fish and wildlife management in state capitols. NASC acts as a framework of support between state caucuses which is critical to the successful advancement of pro-sportsmen policies across the nation.
To learn more about your state’s sportsmen’s caucus members, please refer to the State Profiles section, or select your state from the drop down menu at the bottom of this page.
NASC Executive Council
The NASC program is guided by an Executive Council comprised of state sportsmen’s caucus leaders who are dedicated to advancing the goals of the program. Elected by their sportsman-legislator colleagues to serve two year terms, Executive Council members assist with policy development, sportsmen’s community engagement, program administration and media outreach intended to highlight the role that hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping play in supporting conservation policies that also benefit our nation’s social and economic wellbeing.
Click here for the 2018 Executive Council roster.
President: Senator Bill Heath (GA)View Details
Vice President: Representative Brian White (SC)View Details
Secretary: Representative Jeff Goley (NH)View Details
NASC Executive Council: Sportsmen’s Profiles
- Delegate Wendell Beitzel (MD)
- Senator Mike Bell (TN)
- Representative Scott Bounds (MS)
- Representative Patrick Brennan (VT)
- Senator Mike Green (MI)
- Representative Mike Pitts (SC)
- Representative Bill Rehm (NM)
- Representative Jeff Wardlaw (AR)
- Senator Robin Webb (KY)
Your opinion counts
Which of these considered changes do you believe would have the most positive impact on management of the recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico?Vote Here
- Granting full management authority (stock assessments, management of both commercial and recreational sectors, etc.) to the five Gulf states. (28.00%)
- Extending the states’ current 9-mile management jurisdictions to 25 miles. (20.00%)
- Permanently allow each state to manage its recreational sector allocation out to 200 nautical miles. (24.00%)
- Use of more appropriate management models, such as rate of harvest, rather than the commercial hard-poundage quota system currently in place. (24.00%)
- Inclusion of additional, non-federal data in stock assessments. (4.00%)