Last week, the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council (HSSCC) hosted its fifth meeting, and was joined by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing America’s sportsmen and women.
The HSSCC consists of 18 full-time members and 10 alternate members representing the nation’s top sporting-conservation groups, and serves as a unique opportunity to develop and provide recommendations to the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to promote and advance hunting and the shooting sports. During the inaugural meeting, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane was elected by his fellow HSSCC members to serve as Chairman, a position he has held for nearly two years.
Under Crane’s strategic leadership, the HSSCC has driven an aggressive and highly productive agenda that has led to the development and advancement of roughly 25 specific recommendations that focus on the most important issues facing sportsmen and women. Recommendations to both the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture include topics such as public access to both public and private lands and waters; wildlife conservation; recreational target shooting; and the recruitment, retention, and reactivation of hunters and recreational shooters.
“It has been an honor to serve as Chairman of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “I would like to thank Secretary Bernhardt and Secretary Perdue as well as the other agency staff for their commitment to addressing the needs of America’s sportsmen and women. Their support does not go unnoticed in our community, and we are grateful that they consistently demonstrate and uphold their personal and professional commitment to our stakeholders.”
“I appreciate HSSCC’s strong leadership as they continue to promote good conservation practices that will in turn improve land quality and wildlife habitats. These issues are near and dear to my own heart, as well as the hearts of America’s sportsmen and women,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “The HSSCC’s commitment to address priorities shared by USDA, DOI and America’s sportsmen has contributed to great success on a number of different initiatives as USDA continues our efforts to do right by the land.”
The next HSSCC meeting will be noticed in the coming months in the Federal Register.
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?