On February 7, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted a reception on Capitol Hill to welcome new and returning Members of Congress who discussed priorities for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) during the 115th Congress.
Nearly 40 Members of Congress from both the House and Senate joined CSF partners and supporters, and focused on discussing the movement of several sportsmen’s policies, including a comprehensive sportsmen’s package of legislation.
In January, CSC House Co-Chairs Congressmen Jeff Duncan (SC) and Gene Green (TX) announced two House Vice-Chairs, Congressmen Austin Scott (GA) and Marc Veasey (TX). These leaders join returning Senate Co-Chairs Senators Jim Risch (ID) and Joe Manchin (WV) and Vice-Chairs Senators Deb Fischer (NE) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND).
“It is an honor to serve as the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Vice-Chairman for the 115th Congress,” said Rep. Scott. “This bipartisan caucus does vital work not only protecting and advocating for the American sportsman, but also conserving our natural resources for future generations.”
“It is an honor to serve as Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus in the 115th Congress. As an outdoor enthusiast, I support the longstanding values that are important to the sporting community. I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to advance legislation that not only expands opportunities in America’s tradition of outdoor recreation, but will also conserve our nation’s bountiful natural resources and wildlife,” said Rep. Veasey.
The ‘Welcome to Congress’ reception Title Sponsor was ITC Holdings Corporation. Host Sponsors included: American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Anheuser-Busch Companies,LLC, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Crossroads Strategies, LLC, Hess Corporation, National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Results, LLC, Oracle, Outdoor Sportsman Group, Plano Synergy, Richard Childress Racing, Safari Club International, Shell Oil Company, Shimano American Corporation, Syngenta Corporate Affairs, Vista Outdoor Inc., and Winchester Ammunition.
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?