On July 30 through August 1, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) staff hosted a booth at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Summit in Los Angeles, CA. Every year state legislators, legislative staff, policy professionals, and government officials from across the country attend NCSL to participate in educational workshops and policy discussions. CSF staff used the opportunity to interact with conference attendees and promote the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC).
CSF’s Zach Widner (Senior Northwest States Manager), Soren Nelson (Pacific Southwest States Coordinator) and Brett Stayton (Mid-Atlantic States Coordinator) manned the CSF booth and discussed with legislators the benefits of the NASC program and encouraged legislators to join their respective state sportsmen’s caucuses.
With approximately 6,000 people attending the conference, CSF capitalized on the chance to inform legislators about the form and function of the NASC program as well as the economic impact that sportsmen and women have in their states and promoted the American System of Conservation Funding. Annually, America’s 37 million sportsmen and women contribute more than $90 billion to the national economy. Individual American System of Conservation Funding state reports and other CSF educational materials were well-received by conference attendees.
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?