March 6, 2014

Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Strengthens Membership

Coming off of a successful Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) reception in Washington, D.C., the GSC has recently strengthened its membership and added a new Vice-Chair to its leadership team.

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is pleased to announce that Governor Phil Bryant (MS) was recently named GSC Vice-Chair, and Governor Steve Bullock (MT) has joined the GSC. In a bipartisan effort to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping, the GSC now consists of 27 governors, which represents large outdoor constituencies that include many of America’s nearly 40 million hunters and anglers who contribute more than $90 billion annually to the U.S. economy.

Gov. Bryant, joining GSC’s bipartisan leadership which includes Co-Chairs Gov. Mike Beebe (AR) and Gov. Terry Branstad (IA) and Vice Chair Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (WV), noted his commitment to protecting and advancing the great hunting and angling heritage throughout Mississippi. “It is a great honor to be added to the outstanding bipartisan leadership of the GSC. Mississippi is an incredible place for hunting and recreational fishing, and I look forward to working with other governors across the country to ensure that the time honored traditions of sportsmen and women are protected for future generations in all the states across the country,” Gov. Bryant stated.

Gov. Bullock expressed his commitment to protecting sportsmen’s issues in the state of Montana. “Hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation are part of the heritage of Montana and an important part of our economy. I’m proud to join the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus to work with my peers across the country to expand hunting and fishing rights, while increasing access to public lands.”

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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