Governors and their staff were joined by members of the hunting and fishing community, including Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) staff members and Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) partner organizations at a GSC reception in Louisville, Kentucky to highlight issues of concern to hunters and anglers on September 7.
At the reception, GSC Co-Chair Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas and Vice-Chair Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia visited with attendees.
Also in attendance were Kentucky State Senator Robin Webb, President of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council and Tom Baker, past Chairman of the CSF Board of Directors.
Formed in 2009, the GSC is a bipartisan caucus of governors that work to protect and advance the interests of America’s sportsmen and women, and advance professional fish and wildlife policy. Guided by a bipartisan leadership team of governors and staffed through the CSF, the GSC complements and enhances the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses through facilitating communication and information exchange. Presently, the bipartisan GSC consists of 24 member governors located throughout the nation.
The reception was made possible by GSC Council Members: Altria Corporate Services, American Knife and Tool Institute, ATK, the Auto Alliance, Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, CropLife America, Daimler, Dallas Safari Club, ExxonMobil Corporation, JC Larkin Company, LLC, the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Outdoor Channel, Remington Outdoor Company, Inc., Richard Childress Racing, Safari Club International, Shell Oil Company, Shimano American Corporation, Sports South L.L.C., Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America and Winchester Ammunition.
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?