Last week, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual SHOT Show, hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
CSF staff collaborated with partners from the sportsmen’s community, including outdoor celebrities, NGO groups, and industry partners who support the mission of advancing hunting and recreational shooting.
On Tuesday, CSF President Jeff Crane attended a roundtable discussion hosted by Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue where Crane was recognized for his continued efforts as Chairman of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council, a federal advisory council that reports directly to both Secretaries.
Later that week, CSF hosted a reception to gather supporters from the sportsmen’s community to discuss numerous other federal and state policy priorities for the hunting and shooting sports. Among reception speakers were Governor Asa Hutchinson (AR), Governor Mark Gordon (WY), Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Vice-Chair Richard Hudson (NC) and Carbon TV President Julie McQueen.
Also in attendance were CSF Brand Ambassadors Lucas Hoge and Dan Harrison, professional big-game hunter Jim Shockey, and many other notable guests from the industry. During the reception, Julie McQueen announced Carbon TV would be enhancing their relationship with CSF to provide a platform that will help expand CSF’s reach in continuing to inform America’s sportsmen and women on issues that are critical to our outdoor heritage.
Reception sponsors included: Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, FN America, Hornady Manufacturing, Vista Outdoors, and NSSF.
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?