By Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States
On February 2, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Senior Director of Northeastern States Brent Miller and New England States Coordinator Joe Mullin presented at the 2019 National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) New England Leadership Conference in Concord, New Hampshire.
The conference brought together regional NWTF chapter presidents and volunteers, national staff, and other partners. The robust conference agenda featured topics including Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation (R3) programs; recent biological research; and key policy issues.
Miller and Mullin presented CSF’s mission of working with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The presentation focused on members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) and Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) in the region, as well as some of the key bills that each state is working on related to the interests of sportsmen and women. The engagement concluded with a question and answer period, which facilitated an open discussion about the many bills that have been proposed within the region, as well as ways volunteers can interact and strengthen their relationships with their state legislative sportsmen caucuses and CSF.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (13.89%)
- 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). (12.50%)
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