Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant Director
On February 7, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) welcomed Governor Tate Reeves as the newest member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC). Governor Reeves is the 27th member of the GSC, a bipartisan group of governors from across the country dedicated to protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.
“It is an honor and privilege to join the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus. I look forward to working with other governors and the Mississippi sportsmen’s community to support our state’s long-standing sporting traditions that are vital to our economy and the rich culture of our great state," said Governor Reeves.
Governor Reeves has been a long-standing supporter of the sportsmen and women of the Magnolia State. As Lieutenant Governor, he supported the Right to Hunt and Fish constitutional amendment in 2014, spoke at the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses 13th Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit in 2016, attended CSF’s regional policy forum during The Council of State Government’s Southern Legislative Conference in 2017, and attended the 11th Annual Sportsmen’s Caucus Fish Fry in 2019 hosted by the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen Caucus.
Founded in 2009 by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the GSC facilitates communication and information exchange among the 27 participating offices in support of professional fish and wildlife management policies.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation looks forward to working with Governor Reeves and his administration to support Mississippi’s 782,000 million sportsmen and women that contribute more than $3.02 billion to the state economy and last year alone generated more than $32.52 million for conservation through the American System of Conservation Funding.
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