Last week, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) staff and industry partners headed to Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show. During the convention, CSF hosted a reception to bring together Board Members, industry and organization partners, and other CSF supporters and discuss upcoming policies related to hunting and the shooting sports.
In addition to notable sportswomen attendees including Olympian Kim Rhode and celebrity hunter Melissa Bachman, CSF Board of Directors Chairman and CEO of Vista Outdoor Inc. Mark DeYoung thanked new and returning Board Members for providing the necessary resources to advance CSF’s mission.
CSF President Jeff Crane highlighted a recent accomplishment for the hunting and recreational shooting community: the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which included a provision precluding the Environmental Protection Agency from asserting Toxic Substances Control Act authority over firearm ammunition and its component parts. Crane presented a CSF Heritage Award to Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Member and past Co-Chair Congressman Jeff Miller (FL) for his leadership on this important policy. “As an avid sportsman, I appreciate the bountiful opportunities for hunting, fishing and recreational activities that are available throughout the Gulf Coast and across our great Nation, and I believe it is vital to ensure that future generations have access to these enriching recreational activities,” noted Congressman Miller.
“Signing this bill into law is a win for hunting and recreational shooting across the country. Congressman Jeff Miller was an integral part of the process, working with Members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to lead Congress during this effort,” said Crane. “We will continue working with CSC Members to add fishing tackle on the list of exempted products as well, and particularly, with Members from coastal states where recreational fishing is crucial to the economy.”
CSF’s 2016 SHOT Show reception was sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Hornady Manufacturing Co., and Vista Outdoor Inc.
CSF Chairman Mark DeYoung and President Jeff Crane present
Congressman Jeff Miller (FL) with CSF Heritage Award.
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?