September 28, 2013 (Washington, DC) – Against the backdrop of Minute Maid Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted the 2013 “Texas Bass, Bucks & Boots,” reception and dinner.
Bringing its mission to Texas, CSF was joined by members of the sportsmen’s conservation community, professional athletes and other supporters to celebrate the Lone Star State’s rich sportsmen’s heritage. The evening served as an opportunity for the hunting and fishing community to come together to underscore the importance for sportsmen and women to have a voice in the halls of government and enjoy the sights of a state-of-the-art ballpark. The event was particularly timely in light of the recent Sportsmen’s Package that was introduced by the bipartisan House leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC).
Jeff Crane, President of CSF, welcomed guests and thanked everyone who made the special night possible. “As we work with the bipartisan CSC on Capitol Hill, we also work outside our nation’s capitol with like-minded sportsmen and women in order to continue our mission throughout the states. Tonight’s event allows us the opportunity to thank the Texas sportsmen and women who are supporting our sportsmen’s heritage.”
Kentucky State Senator Robin Webb, President of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council, addressed the crowd on the success of NASC over the years. “As President of NASC, I know the importance of CSF and the work they have done over the years to support hunting, recreational angling and shooting and trapping. Ten years ago, the first members of NASC met here in Texas to lay the foundation of the National Assembly which has now reached over forty states.”
The event also included special guest and World Series Champion Roger Clemens, an ardent supporter of America’s hunting and fishing traditions.
The Title Sponsor for the evening’s event was the Dallas Safari Club. The Host Sponsors included the Coastal Conservation Association and Shell Oil Company. The Co-Host Sponsors included: ATK, Boone & Crockett Club, the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Richard Childress Racing, Safari Club International, Shimano American Corporation, Silver Eagle Distributors and Sports South, LLC. Reception Sponsors included: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Cash Construction, Inc., FMC Technologies, Jack Lawton Jr., Korn/Ferry International, LaserShot, Mustang Cat, Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and Whitetail Trucks.
Since 1989 CSF has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, recreational fishing and shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the CSC, the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the NASC, working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, recreational fishing and shooting, and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the agenda of America’s hunters and anglers.
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?