On September 20, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris held the grand opening of the Wonder of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, with a ceremony celebrating conservation and the upcoming National Hunting and Fishing Day.
The opening ceremony brought together top leaders of conservation including former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, National Hunting and Fishing Day Honorary Chair and NASCAR legend Richard Childress, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members, and countless other notable hunting, fishing, and racing celebrities.
In addition, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane represented the organization as another special guest of Johnny Morris.
“The sheer number of important conservation leaders who joined the Wonders of Wildlife opening ceremony shows the dedication that our sportsmen’s community has to the future of conservation,” said Crane. “I commend Johnny Morris and his team at Bass Pro Shops for their contribution to educating students and families about fish and wildlife conservation.”
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?