What Committees or Caucuses have you been affiliated with in office that support the sportsmen’s community and fish and wildlife conservation?
Militia, Policy & Public Safety, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chairman of National Resources Committee
What is your top policy priority for the sportsmen and women in your state?
To engage more people in the sport of hunting and fishing, especially youth and women.
What is your most memorable outdoor (hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, or trapping) experience?
Any of the hunts with my children, or when I’ve helped someone get their first deer or turkey.
What is your favorite fish or game to pursue?
If I had to choose (don’t make me), I would say spring gobblers.
What hunting, fishing, shooting, trapping or other related organizations are you a member of?
National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association, Quality Deer Management Association.
What do you consider the biggest obstacle to recruiting new participants to hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping?
Competition for time. Whether it is sports, academics, social media, or something else, finding the time to be a field seems to me to be the greatest hurdle.
Have you received any awards or acknowledgements for your work on behalf of sportsmen and women?
Wildlife Society of Virginia Conservationist of the Year, NWTF Wildlife Conservationist of the Year, Progressive Farmer Magazine, Farm Pond Manager of the Year, Halifax County Sportsmen’s Club Wildlife Conservationist of the Year. Attended the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.
Do you have other insights or thoughts that you would like to share about your state’s rich outdoor heritage?
Virginia is fast becoming known as a state rich in wildlife and fishing opportunity! From the Eastern Shore to the mountains of southwest Virginia, Virginia is fast becoming known as the “State for Sportsman Lovers.”
Your opinion counts
Sportsmen and women have been on the receiving end of increased attention from the non-hunting public, criticizing the traditional “grip and grin” photos on various social media platforms. As a sportsman or sportswoman, what strategies have you utilized to address this negative feedback?Vote Here
- I don’t post “grip and grin” photos for that reason (34.48%)
- My social media is private to avoid unwanted comments (20.69%)
- I engage the individual in the comment section or in direct messages (3.45%)
- I post more “grip and grin” photos to prove a point (3.45%)
- When posting hunting or fishing photos I tell a narrative that focuses on aspects of hunting that the general public widely supports, such as the procurement of meat for family and friends (20.69%)
- I don’t engage those individuals (17.24%)