The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and National Deer Alliance (NDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on April 28 that will enhance advocacy efforts for hunting across the country.
“Deer are the most commonly pursued and economically important big game species in North America. We look forward to our partnership with the NDA and their expanding membership base to elevate the concerns of deer hunters in the political process,” said CSF President Jeff Crane.
“The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation has tremendous experience working at the highest level of government for our wildlife, delivering sound conservation policies,” said Nick Pinizzotto, NDA CEO. “This partnership will provide the resources needed to continue working on the most important issues facing deer, hunters, and managers today.”
NDA currently has a membership base of more than 200,000 sportsmen and women. The organization was established in 2014 as a membership-based advocacy organization for the deer hunting community, and since then has grown its support and membership significantly. Membership to NDA is free, sign up at http://nationaldeeralliance.com
This MOU provides an opportunity for CSF and the NDA to join forces, ensuring the interests of sportsmen and women are heard in the halls of government. The recently signed MOU provides a clear framework for the two organizations to collaborate on wildlife management policies, hunter recruitment and retention efforts, hunting access issues, and will ultimately strengthen the voice of deer hunters nationally.
About the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
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, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.
About the National Deer Alliance
The NDA is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization with a mission to serve as the guardian for wild deer conservation and our hunting heritage. Focusing primarily on issues at the policy level, NDA is a leader in advocating for sustainable, science-based conservation of wild deer and fair-chase hunting, and is a source for credible, responsible, and timely information. Founding members include: Archery Trade Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Mule Deer Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Quality Deer Management Association, Vista Outdoor, and Whitetails Unlimited.
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?