Hunters and anglers have identified allies in the U.S. Congress and state capitals across the country serving as the first line of defense in protecting America’s outdoor traditions as well as promoting the sportsmen’s agenda through the collective force of sportsmen’s caucuses. Sportsmen’s caucuses have always been effective in working together - not as Republican or Democrat, but as sportsmen and women. As a result, they have achieved many victories for hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping, along with other conservation and fish and wildlife habitat initiatives.
Presently, the CSF manages three separate caucus programs: the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), and the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC). Working alongside CSF, these caucuses serve as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen legislators that protect and advance the sportsmen's heritage.
CongressionalFounded in 1989, the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) has grown into one of the largest and most effective caucuses in the US Congress with approximately 250 members representing almost all 50 states. With bipartisan leadership in both the House and the Senate, the CSC is the sportsmen's ally in Washington protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. CSF works with the CSC by providing advice, support and information on behalf of the sportsmen’s community to CSC members. This unique relationship gives the CSF a unique niche on Capitol Hill that is unparalleled by any other sportsmen’s organization.
GubernatorialThe Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) was launched in 2009 to facilitate communication and information exchange between participating offices in support of legislation and regulations that protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. Guided by a bipartisan leadership team of governors and one lieutenant governor, the GSC provides a network of pro-sportsmen governors to complement the work done by the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, individual state sportsmen’s caucuses and Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus to further advance sportsmen’s interests.
State LegislativeWith the success of the CSC in Washington, CSF set out to create a network of state legislative sportsmen's caucuses; and, in 2004, the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) was launched. Currently, there are over 2,000 state legislators who are members of 49 individual state legislative sportsmen's caucuses, all united under the NASC umbrella. By fostering communication and interaction between and among state legislators, sportsmen's groups, industry and media, the NASC and state sportsmen's caucuses are the core of the legislative front protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping and professional fish and wildlife management in state legislatures.
CSC Alumni Association
Your opinion counts
Recently, two Montana state representatives have proposed more aggressive legislation addressing the state's gray wolf population. These bills range from the addition of a wolf tag into big game combination tags, to year-round sanctioned harvest without a license, use of snare traps, and private reimbursement of wolf harvest. Currently, the wolf population in Montana sits at 850 wolves, which is 700 over the state’s minimum recovery goal of 150 wolves. Which of the below options for wolf management do you support? (Select all that apply)Vote Here
- Regulated hunting under the management of the state fish and wildlife agency during a specific season (28.57%)
- Year-round hunting of wolves without a license (14.29%)
- The use of snares (trapping) without hunting allowances (0.00%)
- A combination of hunting and trapping during specific seasons regulated by the fish and wildlife agency (38.10%)
- The establishment of a bounty program to incentivize harvest during specific seasons (4.76%)
- Other (0.00%)
- I do not support the take of wolves (14.29%)