At the 2014 Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting, former Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal, who was also a member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC), and Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO Johnny Morris announced the formation of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources. Following the announcement, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane was nominated to serve as a member of the panel. He joined a diverse collection of leaders to explore opportunities to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing conservation challenges.
The Blue Ribbon Panel brings together the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state fish and wildlife agencies over the course of a year to develop a series of policy options intended to increase the nation’s capacity to conserve it’s wide variety of fish and wildlife species, both game and non-game.
Joining Crane on the Panel are several CSF Board of Directors members including: Bruce Culpepper, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Regional Coordination, Shell Oil Company; John Doerr, President and CEO, Pure Fishing, Inc.; Steve Sanetti, President, National Shooting Sports Foundation; and Richard Childress, CEO, Richard Childress Racing.
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?