April 2, 2015

Georgia Sportsmen’s Caucus Discusses Upcoming Priorities

Within the last month, the Georgia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus held two Caucus events to enjoy camaraderie and discuss important issues within the Peach State. 

Thanks to generous support from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Georgia Cable Association, and the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council, the Caucus held a sporting clays shoot on March 25.  A week before the legislative session was scheduled to come to a close, roughly 30 legislators were able to break away and attend the shoot with various stakeholders. Included were Caucus Senate Chair and National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council member Senator Bill Heath and Caucus House Chair Representative David Knight and House Game, Fish, and Park Committee Chairman Representative Jon Burns. The NWTF discussed various initiatives in Georgia and thanked the legislators for doing their part to protect and promote the state’s natural resources. 

Additionally, on March 4, Georgia’s Sportsmen’s Caucus, in conjunction with the Georgia’s Rural Caucus, hosted a luncheon sponsored by the American Kennel Club to discuss various issues dealing with animal rights legislation and the potential negative impacts associated with such legislation. 

Sen. Heath praised the Sportsmen’s Caucus for its efforts this legislative session. “The Georgia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus diligently works to ensure sportsmen and women in this state are able to continue our great sporting heritage. These events are a great way to educate legislators about various issues in the state as well as enjoy the activities that we are passionate about.”

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?

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