The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is pleased to welcome the newest member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC). In his first term in office, Governor Asa Hutchinson became the 33rd member of the bipartisan GSC and brings with him the values and experience of a state deeply rooted in sportsmen’s traditions.
“Today, I am proud to officially become a member the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus and join more than 30 other governors who promote the interests of the nation’s sportsmen and women. Hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors in the Natural State isn’t just a pastime, but a way of life for many Arkansans. That love of the outdoors and the sense of responsibility to care for our fish and wildlife resources have been passed down from generation to generation. Today, more than half a million Arkansans take to our fields, forests and waters each year, generating $1.5 billion in spending and supporting over 25,000 jobs in the state. Not only is hunting and fishing an important heritage for our people, these sportsmen’s traditions are a significant part of our state’s economy.”
The GSC, founded by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) in 2009, is a bipartisan caucus of governors who work to protect and advance the interests of America’s sportsmen and women, and advance professional fish and wildlife management. The GSC facilitates communication and information exchange between participating offices in support of policies that promote and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping. Guided by a leadership team of governors and staffed through CSF, the GSC complements and enhances the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, representing sportsmen constituencies from across the nation in the halls of government.
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?