By Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum recently became the 36th member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC), a group of bipartisan state chief executives dedicated to supporting the outdoor traditions of sportsmen and women in their respective states.
"North Dakota has a rich heritage of hunting and fishing, and I’m excited to join this bipartisan group of fellow governors committed to preserving and enhancing our outdoor traditions,” Gov. Burgum said. “Sportsmen and women support our economy and contribute to fish and wildlife conservation for the benefit of all, and as an avid sportsman myself, I’m proud to support them through this organization.”
In representing the Roughrider State’s sportsmen’s community, Governor Burgum joins Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Vice-Chair Senator Heidi Heitkamp and CSC Members Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer, as well as the North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. North Dakota’s 116,000 hunters and anglers contributed over $26 million last year to the conservation of North Dakota’s fish, wildlife and natural resources.
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