On February 10, the Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) hosted a Caucus dinner in Tallahassee, Florida. The event provided an opportunity for FWCC Commissioner Chuck Roberts and his staff, as well as legislators and representatives from the sportsmen’s community, to gather in support of policies benefitting hunting and fishing.
Caucus Chairs Representative Frank Artiles and Senator Thad Altman were in attendance along with many of their fellow Caucus members and legislators. Also in attendance were Florida’s Commissioners, including FWCC Director Nick Wiley and Commission Chairman Brian Yablonski.
“As a legislative caucus, we want to work with the FWCC, stakeholders, and legislators to ensure we are adequately protecting and advancing Florida’s rich traditions of hunting and angling,” said Caucus Chair Representative Frank Artiles. “These pursuits produce a significant economic impact in this state, and we must work together to make sure Florida continues to promote these opportunities.”
The bipartisan 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.
Currently, Florida ranks number one in the country in number of sportsmen and women, days afield, spending, and jobs created by hunting and angling.
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?