What Committees or Caucuses have you been affiliated with in office that support the sportsmen’s community and fish and wildlife conservation?
Chairman of Environment Committee
Agriculture, Natural and Economic Resources Appropriations
What is your top policy priority for the sportsmen and women in your state?
North Carolina’s saltwater fish stocks are rapidly declining as evidenced by the steady drop in commercial landings. These stocks need to be stabilized as has been done in other southern states.
What is your most memorable outdoor (hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, or trapping) experience?
I still remember my first deer with a bow after two years of trying, a little four point buck. The big buck with a bow came 22 years later. I caught a 52 pound King Mackerel and won “King Fisherman” at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. This year I caught a limit of 15 big speckled trout on topwater one morning!
What is your favorite fish or game to pursue?
I love to bow hunt for deer and saltwater fish. I also enjoy rabbit and duck hunting.
What hunting, fishing, shooting, trapping or other related organizations are you a member of?
NRA, North American Hunting Club, Quality Deer Management Association, Ducks Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association.
What do you consider the biggest obstacle to recruiting new participants to hunting, angling,recreational shooting and trapping?
Opportunities to try them.
Have you received any awards or acknowledgements for your work on behalf of sportsmen and women?
I received “Conservationist Legislator of the Year” at the Governor’s Conservation Awards
banquet for my work on deer and fish issues.
Do you have other insights or thoughts that you would like to share about your state’s rich outdoor heritage?
North Carolina has a wide variety of beautiful outdoors. From the mountains to the oceans, we have it all. There is world class mountain trout fishing, deer hunting, and duck hunting. There is great offshore fishing and I hope that we can restore the inshore fishery.
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Which of the following do you think would most effectively support increasing hunting participation numbers?Vote Here
- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (13.75%)
- 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). (11.25%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (61.25%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (13.75%)