Last week, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and partner organizations from the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) met virtually to discuss policy recommendations that will ensure the vitality of our nation’s wildlife and that our hunting and recreational shooting traditions will remain for future generations to enjoy.
AWCP is a coalition of 50 national wildlife conservation groups that collaborate on national policy issues for the betterment of professional wildlife and natural resource management, as well as outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing. Every four years, AWCP publishes a set of recommendations known as Wildlife for the 21st Century (W21) that is developed by the member groups to address pressing issues within the conservation community and provides science-based recommendations and guidance to the federal administration and the next two Congresses. Recently, AWCP published Volume VI to provide our nation’s policymakers with a clear road map on how to improve stewardship of our natural resources, enhance access to federal lands and waters, and to promote our sporting-heritage.
You can find a copy of Wildlife for the 21st Century here.
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?