On October 16, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and other senior officials from the Department of the Interior (DOI) hosted leaders from the nation’s top hunting, fishing, and wildlife conservation groups for a conservation roundtable.
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane was in attendance as well as CSF Board Member Simon Roosevelt (Olimpia Fund Management), who serves as Co-Chair of the roundtable.
Among the topics discussed were updates on the implementation of Secretarial Orders 3362 (Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big-Game Winter Range and Migration Corridors) and 3356 (Hunting, Fishing, Recreational Shooting, and Wildlife Conservation Opportunities and Coordination with States, Tribes, and Territories). Other agenda items included trail inter-connectivity, updates on DOI reorganization, deferred maintenance, and state fish and wildlife management authority.
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?