By Bee Frederick, Southeastern States Director
On February 19, the Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted an educational and informational event at a local shooting range outside of Tallahassee for legislators and staff.
The evening began with a presentation from longtime Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) friend Lane Stephens on the background and history of the Caucus, the importance of the Caucus as part of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, and a presentation on the American System of Conservation Funding. CSF Southeastern States Director Bee Frederick further expounded upon the form and function of CSF and the NASC. Additionally, the range owner/operators also addressed the group to discuss the current climate around firearms in Florida. After safety presentations from the range instructors, attendees were invited to participate with direct, one-on-one guidance.
The bipartisan and bicameral Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus works to protect and advance issues of importance to sportsmen and women, and is led by Representatives Jayer Williamson and Bobby Payne, and Senator Keith Perry.
Rep. Williamson expressed his excitement for the year ahead. “This is a great introductory event for the Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. I am proud to be one of the Co-Chairs, and Iook forward to working with my fellow Legislators from both the House and the Senate this year.”
The Florida legislature convenes on March 5th.
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?