On October 3, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) partnered with Richard Childress to host the 14th Annual Wine, Wheels & Wildlife regional event at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina.
The event gathered leaders from the sportsmen’s community, NASCAR representatives, federal and state legislators, and other CSF supporters to discuss policies important to sportsmen and women in North Carolina and across the southeastern United States.
“In North Carolina, we are working to protect and advance the interests of sportsmen and women, including expanding Sunday hunting opportunities, supporting coastal fisheries reforms, and advocating for increased levels of active habitat management on our National Forests,” said Childress. “The team at CSF is instrumental in ensuring our sportsmen’s interests and conservation efforts are a priority for policy-makers.”
“Our Wine, Wheels & Wildlife event continues to grow each year, which shows how dedicated the North Carolina sportsmen’s community is to advancing access and opportunities for hunting, angling, and fish and wildlife conservation,” said CSF President Jeff Crane.
Other speakers included Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC) and National Rifle Association President Oliver North.
“As the Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and an avid outdoorsman, I understand how vital conservation advocacy efforts are to the sportsmen and women of the United States. This is a great event to showcase why we works so hard on these issues in state legislative bodies around the country as well as in Congress. We must keep it up,” said Rep. Duncan.
A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for Hurricane Florence restoration efforts.
Title Sponsors included: Bass Pro Shops; Cabela’s Outdoor Fund; Childress Vineyards; National Shooting Sports Foundation; and Richard Childress Racing. Host Sponsors included: National Rifle Association; Safari Club International; and Vista Outdoor Inc.
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