Last week, staff of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) and sporting-conservation industry leaders joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) for the annual August Recess Clays Competition.
Hosted by CSF just outside of Washington, DC, this trap and sporting clays competition brings together CSC staff from both sides of the aisle to enjoy a shared American outdoor tradition and to support CSF’s and the Caucus’s shared mission of protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping.
Each year, America’s hunters and recreational target shooters spend billions of dollars on firearms and ammunition to participate in these time-honored traditions. A portion of these expenditures go directly back to state wildlife agencies to support their mission of conserving wildlife and providing access for our nation’s sportsmen and women. For roughly the last decade, state wildlife agencies have received well over $600 billion annually, in some years north of $800 billion, thanks to the contributions of hunters and target shooters.
“The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is grateful for the tremendous commitment and leadership of the staff of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus,” said CSF president & CEO Jeff Crane. “This event provides a great opportunity for us to be able to celebrate National Shooting Sports Month while also educating attendees on the contributions of sportsmen and women through the excise taxes generated through the purchases on firearms and ammunition.”
CSF would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our partners and sponsors who help make this event a success including:
Title Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops; Boone and Crocket Club; Cabela’s; National Shooting Sports Foundation; and Vista Outdoor, Inc.
Host Sponsors: Bridgestone Americas, Inc.; Dallas Safari Club; Everest; Fiocchi; Hornady; Molson Coors; Natural Resource Results; Richard Childress Racing; Safari Club International; Shikar Safari International; Shimano North American Fishing, Inc.; and Winchester Ammunition
Co-Host Sponsors: Air Line Pilots Association, International; Altria Client Services, LLC; Benelli USA; Consumer Brands Association; CropLife America; Federal Forest Resource Coalition; Molson Coors; National Rifle Association; Old Virginia Tobacco Company; and Simon Roosevelt
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?