By Brent Miller, Senior Director of Northeastern States
On February 14, the bipartisan and bicameral New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus held its Annual Caucus Luncheon in Concord, New Hampshire. The event brought together more than 40 New Hampshire Sportsmen’s Caucus members, staff from the office of Governor Sportsmen’s Caucus member Governor Chris Sununu, officials from the state’s Fish and Game Department, and key supporters from partner organizations.
Opening remarks were provided by Caucus Co-Chair and National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council Secretary Representative Jeff Goley, who explained the Caucus structure and welcomed new members. New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Executive Director Glenn Normandeau provided an update on the Fish and Game Department’s efforts thus far in 2019.
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) staff, including Senior Director of Northeastern States Brent Miller and New England States Coordinator Joe Mullin, helped facilitate the Caucus luncheon. Miller discussed the NASC network and the upcoming NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit, as well as the critical role that sportsmen and women serve as our nation’s preeminent conservationists.
Also on the meeting agenda was a discussion of House Bill 442, which would ban coyote hunting for nearly half of the year, and undermine the management authority of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
CSF will continue to work alongside the New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus throughout the year on protecting and advancing pro-sportsman legislation.
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- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (12.57%)