Thomas Martin Baker, 57, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, died on Sunday, December 21, 2014, following a lengthy illness. He was born January 25, 1957 in Erie, PA, and he was the oldest of seven children of Alan L. Baker and the late Jeanne O. Baker.
Tom, an avid sportsman and former Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Board of Directors, was passionate about his commitment to wildlife and conservation issues. Some of his other conservation-related endeavors included: Chairman and member of the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation, Board Chairman and Director of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Chairman and Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Boone and Crockett Club Lifetime Member, and Founder of the Kentucky Elk Restoration Project. In addition, Tom was fortunate to participate in over 100 hunts and safaris throughout North America and Africa during his lifetime.
CSF’s thoughts go out to Tom’s family, as we appreciate and remember his life-long commitment and contributions to the sportsmen’s community.
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?