The Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus met for its annual Legislative Session Dinner on February 6. Hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) and former FWCC member Chuck Roberts, the event was well-attended by Caucus members, along with members of the FWCC commission.
The event provided an opportunity for FWCC Commissioners and staff, executive office staff, and legislators to discuss their support of important hunting, angling, and other conservation issues. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the C. Martin and Daphne F. Wood III Conservation Award by the Caucus. The award was presented to host Charles W. “Chuck” Roberts for his years of dedication to the FWCC and his support of the Caucus each year.
The annual Caucus/Commission dinner coincides with the FWCC meeting when it is held in the Tallahassee area. The day following the dinner at the FWCC meeting, the FWCC honored recently retired Executive Director Nick Wiley. Wiley was presented with numerous awards during the meeting, and the Sportsmen’s Caucus also presented him with another of the C. Martin and Daphne F. Wood III Conservation awards.
The bipartisan, bicameral Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus was one of the first states to join the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses in 2004 and has consistently worked to promote sportsmen’s issues and educate members on important policy matters.
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?