Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States Coordinator
On Wednesday, February 10, the Missouri Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (Caucus) was able take part in a long-standing tradition by hosting their Annual Squirrel Gravy Breakfast. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements, attendance by outside guests was extremely limited. However, the Caucus is looking forward to inviting in-state partners to join them again in 2022. Despite limited attendance, the event allowed members of the Caucus to gather and discuss issues important to sportsmen and women while experiencing some of the finest gravy that a sportsman can taste.
While the delicious food was the primary benefit of attending the breakfast, this event provided newly elected legislators an opportunity to interact with their colleagues, agency officials, and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) staff to learn more about the Missouri Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, and the work that CSF does at the state and federal levels. During the event, CSF’s Lower Midwestern States Coordinator also provided Caucus members with information regarding the 2021 NASC Sportsmen-Legislator Summit that will be held in nearby Little Rock, Arkansas. For many Missouri Caucus members, this is the closest that this event has been in years.
CSF would like to extend a special thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation and former Conservation Commissioner Dave Murphy for their assistance coordinating this successful event and preparing the gravy. We are looking forward to hosting this event again in 2022.
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?