March 18, 2019

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Celebrates 30+ Years of Conservation Successes

On March 12, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted a reception on Capitol Hill to celebrate its 30th Anniversary working with Congress to advance sportsmen’s conservation policy.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) leadership welcomed more than 30 returning CSC Members to the reception, and encouraged new Members of the 116th Congress to join the largest bipartisan caucus in Congress, which provides a voice for more than 53 million Americans who hunt and fish.

CSC Co-Chair Congressman Marc Veasey (TX) praised the efforts by his colleagues and other conservation leaders to pass S. 47, a land conservation package of legislation that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund and includes numerous provisions to benefit sportsmen and women. A Presidential signing ceremony of S. 47 occurred earlier in the day.

CSC Vice-Chair Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI) echoed the importance of S. 47, which was officially dedicated to the conservation legacy of her late husband John Dingell.

Following remarks, CSC members and representatives from the sportsmen’s community had the opportunity to discuss upcoming policy priorities in the 116th Congress.

Left to right: Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus leaders Rep. Richard Hudson (NC), Rep. Austin Scott (GA), Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI), and Chair Rep. Marc Veasey (TX), with CSF President Jeff Crane.

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?

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