On January 23, the Utah Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus held its inaugural Breakfast Briefing of the 2018 legislative session. In addition to over 20 members of the Utah Legislature, representatives from Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, local sportsmen’s groups, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) were also in attendance.
The breakfast provided an opportunity for Utah’s sportsman-legislators to exchange ideas and discuss priorities for the upcoming session with leaders of the Beehive state’s sportsmen’s community. DWR Director Mike Fowlks also gave a brief presentation on the Division’s recent activities.
“This Caucus is committed to ensuring that every Utahan has the same access to hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting that we did as kids,” said Caucus Co-Chair Representative Tim Hawkes. “Our outdoor traditions are an integral part of Utah’s history and economy, and I’m excited to see what we accomplish this session.”
Each year, Utah’s 493,000 hunters and anglers spend upwards of $1.04 billion, supporting nearly 20,000 and generating $112 million in state and local taxes.
Supporters of the event included the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sutherlin Institute, Trout Unlimited, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.67%)
- 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). (12.06%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (63.04%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (13.23%)