Kent Keene

Assistant Manager, Lower Midwestern States and Agriculture Policy


Kent joined CSF in April 2019 and currently serves as the Assistant Manager of Lower Midwestern States and Agriculture Policy. As part of CSF’s States Program Team, Kent works closely with the legislative sportsmen’s caucuses under the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and members of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Kent also works closely with mission partners at the state and federal levels to promote active conservation on private lands through support for policies such as the U.S. Farm Bill’s Conservation Title.

Kent earned a Master of Science in Wildlife Sciences from the College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University in 2019. During his master’s program, Kent performed research in close collaboration with the state fish and wildlife management agencies in Alabama and Georgia evaluating the conservation benefits and financial considerations associated with forestry and wildlife management practices on private lands. Prior to graduate school, Kent earned a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Wildlife and Conservation from Southeast Missouri State University. While working toward his bachelor’s degree, Kent served as the president of the SEMO student chapter of The Wildlife Society, participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Kansas evaluating tallgrass prairie restoration efforts, and held various volunteer and hourly positions with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

As a native of southwest Missouri, Kent grew up hunting white-tailed deer on his family’s farm and enjoys hunting waterfowl and fishing for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout in the creeks and rivers throughout the Ozarks.


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Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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