By Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager
On October 9, the North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted its 4th annual Legislative Clay Competition at Capitol City Sporting Clays in Bismarck.
Attendees included North Dakota Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Erin Oban and Representative Todd Porter along with several other legislators, representatives from the North Dakota Governor’s Office, and leadership of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
“This event is something the Caucus looks forward to every year. It is an opportunity for the sportsmen’s community and legislators to build stronger relationships, and gives sportsmen and women the chance to communicate directly with legislators,” said Rep. Porter.
“Bringing together the sportsmen’s community at this event helps legislators learn more about the issues that are vitally important to the many sportsmen and women who call North Dakota home,” said Sen. Oban.
Also in attendance were Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s Upper Midwestern States Manager Nick Buggia, along with representatives from Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Mule Deer Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, North Dakota Bowhunters Association, North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, North Dakota Wildlife Federation, North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society, North Dakota Natural Recourses Trust, Pheasants Forever, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
The clays competition was followed by a dinner and discussion of issues important to North Dakota’s sportsmen and women.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (12.80%)
- 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). (10.40%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (61.60%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (15.20%)