By Zach Widner, Northwest States Senior Manager
On January 24, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Northwest States Senior Manager Zach Widner joined the Idaho Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral group of sportsmen-legislators, for its annual kick-off breakfast in Boise with the Idaho Sportsmen’s Alliance.
The Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Lee Heider and Representative Sally Toone addressed attendees and reaffirmed their commitment to working for Idaho’s sportsmen and women. Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) Zach Widner discussed the history of the Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus and the purpose and function of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses. Idaho sportsmen and women also contribute more than $57 million to conservation funding each year.
Attendees received brief remarks from ISA President Larry Fry and Executive Director Benn Brocksome, who discussed ISA’s role as a voice on sportsmen’s policy issues. Director Ed Schriever and staff from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as well as members of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission also attended.
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?